Network Changes from 15 Aug 2022

3 weeks ago Mon 6th Jun 2022

Xplore Dundee is to respond to the phasing out of Scottish Government recovery funding by introducing timetable adjustments which will take effect from Monday 15 August.

Bus operators across the country have relied on critical funding support from the Scottish Government to keep a higher percentage of local services running since the pandemic began more than two years ago. Passenger demand has recovered significantly since the pandemic but is still at least 20% short of recovering operating costs.

Additionally, these operational costs (including wages, fuel and maintenance) have increased significantly at the same time as the shortfall in passenger revenue. Diesel and electricity bills are two of the biggest costs - and they have risen the most sharply (diesel +42% and electricity +81%), making it more expensive to keep buses moving. To make essential savings, we are removing some under-used journeys and withdrawing certain route deviations to reduce mileage whilst making every effort to limit the extent of any impact.

Daytime frequencies will also be standardised across the network: buses will run up to every 15 minutes on weekdays; every 20 minutes on Saturdays; and half-hourly on Sundays. Where routes converge, we will aim to schedule even gaps between journeys so that passengers can benefit from co-ordinated higher frequencies on busier corridors.

Read on for a route-by-route summary of proposed changes from 15 August 2022:

the 1

  • Early morning loop via Whitehall Street withdrawn (all journeys to follow the standard daytime route to Courthouse Square via Ward Road)
  • Detour via Tesco Call Centre withdrawn due to low usage
  • Check out a DRAFT timetable (showing journey adjustments) here

the 2

  • Re-timed to run hourly and extended to Kingsway Retail Park (via Dryburgh)
  • Check out the new timetable here
  • And check out the updated route map here

the 5/5a

  • The 5a re-routed via Arbroath Road (service 5 will remain on Broughty Ferry Road as normal)
  • Short-run journeys (which terminate in the City Centre) re-numbered as standard 5
  • The 5/5a operationally split from The 10 at Broughty Ferry to improve reliability (by reducing knock-on delays), which means passengers should transfer to complete onward journeys
  • Check out a DRAFT timetable here
  • And check out the updated route map here

the 6

  • Re-routed via Perth Road (instead of Blackness Road) and Scott Street (instead of Pentland Avenue) to create new connections to/from the West End district centre
  • Timetable curtailed to operate off-peak only (interworking between school bus journeys like The 2 and The 23)
  • Check out the new timetable here
  • And check out the updated route map here

the 10

  • Detour via Macalpine Road Shops withdrawn due to low usage
  • The 10 operationally split from The 5/5a at Broughty Ferry to improve reliability (by reducing knock-on delays), which means passengers should transfer to complete onward journeys; certain journeys will start/finish at Grove Academy for pupils travelling to/from Douglas
  • Check out a DRAFT timetable here
  • And check out the updated route map here

the 17

  • Short-run journeys (which terminate in the City Centre) re-numbered as standard 17
  • Check out a DRAFT timetable (showing journey adjustments) here

the 18

  • Check out a DRAFT timetable (showing journey adjustments) here

the 22

  • Timetables revised to operate up to every 20 minutes during the day on Saturdays and half-hourly on Sundays (bringing service 22 into line with other routes across the network on weekends)
  • Short-run journeys (which terminate in the City Centre) re-numbered as standard 22
  • Check out a DRAFT timetable (showing journey adjustments) here

the 23

  • No changes proposed

the 28

  • Detour via Dunholm Road terminus withdrawn for route safety and simplification
  • Timetable revised to operate up to every 20 minutes during the day on Saturdays (bringing service 28 into line with other routes across the network)
  • Short-run journeys (which terminate in the City Centre) re-numbered as standard 28
  • Check out a DRAFT timetable (showing journey adjustments) here
  • And check out the updated route map here

the 32

  • Extended into Morrisons (via Afton Way) during the day
  • Extension to Courthouse Square withdrawn
  • Check out a DRAFT timetable (showing journey adjustments) here
  • And check out the updated route map here

the 33

  • Check out a DRAFT timetable (showing journey adjustments) here