Dundee bus operator to make major changes to city bus routes

Dundee’s bus operator Xplore Dundee is set to make a number of major changes to its routes from early next year in order to reduce delays.

The number 6 service, which serves the communities of Charleston, Gowriehill and Menzieshill, will no longer run in a loop connected to Dickson Avenue.

Instead, it will travel along Ancrum Road and Blackness Road, creating a direct connection to the city centre on an hourly basis.

Meanwhile, the number 9/10 service will be replaced by a single 10 service that is largely the same as the old routes, except Jack Martin Way in Fintry has been removed due to low use of the stop.

Xplore boss Christine McGlasson says the changes should reduce delays

Clockwise and anti-clockwise services will continue as the 5 and 22 when they reach Broughty Ferry and Ninewells Hospital, respectively.

Elsewhere, the 23 service will no longer serve Arklay Street or Arthurstone Terrace, instead taking a wider and more straightforward route from Clepington Road onto Forfar Road towards Albert Street.

And in the north east, the 33 bus will follow the 32 by using Fountainbleau Drive and Pitkerro Road to get to and from the city centre, avoiding the A90.

The 33 will also stop at Commercial Street rather than Crichton Street to improve punctuality on the route.

There are also minor timetable changes to the 1, 2, 5/5a, 17, 18, 22 and 32 services.

Full details of the alterations can be found on the Xplore Dundee website.

Bus firm boss Christine McGlasson said: “We always monitor our network for changing travel patterns and ways to make the network more efficient and reliable.

“These changes reflect what we’ve observed during the past few weeks, and also take into account customer feedback and passenger numbers.

“We’re hoping for significant improvements on Service 33 in particular, which is often severely impacted by unpredictable traffic levels on the A90 Forfar Road.

“It’s simply proving extremely difficult to run a reliable bus service via this highly congested trunk road, so while we are still serving the main usage areas around the A90, we have re-routed Service 33 away from the main road as much as possible and expect to see punctuality and reliability improve greatly.”

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