Rhins bus services reinstated after public outcry

Two Rhins bus services have been reinstated by SWestrans following feedback from the public.

The 407 early morning service from Sandhead to Stranraer, and the evening 408 service from Stranraer to Kirkcolm are now running again.

Following the award of contracts in July, services in the west of the region had been trimmed to come within budget which resulted in the loss of these services. However, Dumfries and Galloway’s Regional Transport Partnership SWestrans, listened to passengers who were experiencing problems getting to and from work as a result agreed to instruct the operator Stagecoach to reinstate these journeys.

Chairman of SWestrans Tom McAughtrie said: “I am delighted these services have been reinstated, SWestrans’ policy on local bus services is to prioritise services according to a number of criteria, with work, education and health related journeys at the top of the priority list.

In the Stewartry area, SWestrans has also been able to assist with getting patients to the new Health Centre in Dalbeattie.

Tom McAughtrie explained: “Houstons Coaches, operator of the 372a Dalbeattie Town Service, has now agreed to this service picking up and dropping off passengers at the new Centre. I am delighted that Houstons have agreed to this at no additional cost to SWestrans, recognising the additional benefits there will be to the people of Dalbeattie. SWestrans has clear priorities and we will continue to engage with communities and operators to line up supply and demand as closely as we can.”

Applications for the changes to services are being lodged with the Traffic Commissioner, and it is hoped these will be approved for implementation by the start of November.