Leader: Bus service is a loss

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The withdrawal of the bus serving Ardrossan ferry terminal will be a blow to many.

Despite the Stagecoach assertion it was only ‘lightly used’ we have been made aware of many islanders, in good health, as well as infirm or elderly who regularly made use of the service.

Granted, for a lot of people it is only a short walk to the bus stops in Ardrossan, but for many it is more of a challenge. By axing the service, we feel Stagecoach has simply handed passengers to ScotRail but for the passengers there is a cost. Many using the service had their concession pass which meant they could travel free. While that same concession ticket means cut price fares on the train there is still a cost.

The fact that Stagecoach withdrew the service without any consultation or, it seems, without even telling anyone has left passengers even more frustrated. Even the ticket staff at CalMac’s Ardrossan office got it in the neck, through no fault of their own.

And the Stagecoach explanation seems ambiguous as they now appear to be arguing that for the service to be reinstated they would need another bus – yet the service previously operated without any additional vehicles.

But maybe there is a slim hope yet. If the Arran travelling public make their feelings known to their elected representatives and to the bus company themselves maybe common sense will prevail.

Over to you Stagecoach.