Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Finlay calls for re-think on axing of late night bus service



Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has criticised the removal of a late night bus serving the Stranraer-Dumfries route on the A75.

The 10.30pm bus along the trunk road has been suddenly cancelled, with apparently no consultation being carried out with users.

The service proved vital for late night workers as well as those enjoying the social aspects in towns in Mr Carson’s constituency.

Now that the 10.30 service has been removed, the last service from leaves Stranraer at 7.30 Monday-Saturday and from Dumfries at just after 8pm.

Mr Carson believes that the decision by Stagecoach and Dumfries and Galloway Council to remove the service is misguided and questioned why this was done without any prior warning to passengers.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “This late night service was hugely vital for bus passengers in my rural constituency and it has been removed without any prior warning, which is hugely disappointing.

“Whether it was travelling to and from work late at night or enjoying night life, the 10.30pm service was well used and offered a cheap alternative to taxis or having to drive along the A75.

“Now my constituents have been placed in an unenviable situation, which in some cases may even affect their employment if they do not drive.

“This is an extremely misguided decision to remove a popular service, and I hope Stagecoach and the council can re-consider a late night service along the A75.”