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Public consultation on proposed Stagecoach service changes across Ayrshire

Stagecoach issued the following information below.

We are proposing to make service changes to some services across our Ayrshire and Glasgow Express networks. The changes are planned to come into effect in June this year and have been proposed to better reflect our customers travel habits. A number of these changes will deliver improvements for customers through improved reliability and new connections.

North Ayrshire Express Services Rush hour journeys on the X34 and X36 services are unaffected by these changes. However the plan is to withdraw the X37 and reduce the off peak frequency on both the X34 and X36 to every 2 hours, giving an hourly frequency between Beith and Glasgow.

This will then be augmented by an hourly 25 service that will combine with the X34 service to give a better than hourly off peak service between Irvine and Kilwinning. The 25 would then go on to provide the local services in Dalry, Kilbirnie and Beith.

This will provide a half hourly frequency up and down the valley between Beith and Kilwinning.

Some of our X34 and X36 services would now serve Braehead on off peak journeys and at weekends, giving customers a direct link to the popular shopping centre.

There are also proposed changes to times on the X11 with the first bus from Ardrossan now leaving at 0920hrs and the first bus from Irvine at 1040hrs. The last bus from Irvine would be now be at 1435hrs and the last bus from Ardrossan at 1505hrs. Ayr Town Services In Ayr town our services have been impacted by growing traffic congestion in particular our service 2 Ayr to Prestwick and service 14 Ayr to Irvine via Prestwick resulting in longer journey times. We therefore need to invest in extra buses. This puts a greater strain on our resources.

Following long term monitoring of the 52 service from Ayr to Bellsbank it is clear that this service no longer warrants a 20 minute frequency. It is proposed that the frequency on this service would be reduced to every 30 minutes but at the same time introduce high specification double deckers to cover this reduction in service. Stagecoach is looking for feedback from local authorities, customers and other stakeholders and is holding a consultation event at Beith Community Centre on Wednesday 5th April where company representatives will be present to answer any questions on the proposed changes. Leaflets explaining the changes will also be on buses with a feedback form that customers can send back to Stagecoach or alternatively views can be given by clicking this link Public Consultation Feedback Form.

Feedback link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SRBDRPC