Bus information and timetables


June 2021

Ferintosh Community bus starts 28 June

Bruce Morrison, Secretary of Ferintosh Community Council, writes

Our very own Ferintosh Community Bus starts on Monday. I've attached a press release that is about to go out together with the final leaflet explaining the details of this new way of delivering public bus transport to our area. 

Press release 23 June 2021 (part)

New flexible community bus service introduced on Black Isle 

A new flexible bus service in the Ferintosh Community Council area of the Black Isle is being introduced from Monday 28 June, making it easier for local residents to use public transport. The demand responsive service will operate between 9.30 am – 4.15 pm, Monday to Friday, and complement the scheduled peak services on Service 22 to Inverness that will continue to be operated by Stagecoach. 

[Note that the 22 service is reduced and will only run at peak times, ie not between 09.20 and 14.06 from Culbokie and 08.55 and 14.40 from Inverness.  All A9 services 25, 25A, X25 now divert to Tore Service Station ('Tore Services' on the timetables) to connect with the Community Bus.  You can view and download timetables for all Black Isle and Easter Ross services from 28 June  here ].

It will take residents to and from Tore Service Station where passengers can join any of Stagecoach’s mainline A9 buses. Passengers can also book journeys between any two points within the Ferintosh Community Council area.  Just like an ordinary bus, it is available to all residents in (and visitors to) the Ferintosh Community Council area, which includes Culbokie in the east to Mulbuie in the west, Mulbuie Ridge in the south down to the Cromarty Firth in the north).

All journeys, including concessionary travel, will be no more costly than current fixed route journeys, even although the journey to /from Inverness is a two bus journey The National Entitlement Card can be used with this service.  The cost of a bus journey is very much lower than the fuel and parking costs of a private vehicle or a taxi fare. 

Read the full press release

Download the leaflet

Congratulations are due to Bruce and those who have helped him in getting this innovative service set up.  Now it is up to the people of the Ferintosh CC area to use it.

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June 2021

Stagecoach timetable changes 28 June

Bruce Morrison, Secretary of Ferintosh Community Council, has investigated and reported on these changes  (see below)

You can view and download timetables for all Black Isle and Easter Ross services from 28 June  here , and links to timetables for all Stgecoach North Scotland services  here .

Here's an update on bus timetables around the region beginning on Monday. Through the Stagecoach website, these new timetables can be viewed under Service Updates but currently through Timetables the new ones don't appear. Ferintosh Community Bus has its separate listing but not referred to in the new 22 timetable and I've asked for that to be rectified.

I've had a look for any major changes put in by Stagecoach for the 21 and 22 services and can't find any but there are some minor timing changes:

21: no changes towards Dingwall but coming back from Dingwall, the 12.05 becomes a 12.15 and the 17.50 becomes a 17.45.
22: late evening bus will leave Inverness now at 17.30 (currently it's 1735)
22: the current 9.15 bus from Culbokie is now at 9.20.

[This information was originally posted with the information for service 21 given as for 22, and vice versa.  Correct version above.]

The A9 buses (25, X25) are all timetabled into Tore Services so that the FCB can link.

I haven't checked the A835 buses for timings but they are not timetabled through Tore Services.

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September 2020

Ferintosh CC community bus consultation

Bruce Morrison, Ferintosh Community Council Secretary, writes

Attached is a consultation paper on what we hope you will think is an interesting new way of providing access for you to public and community bus transport for those living in our FCC area.  We're reviewing your feedback at the FCC monthly meeting a week on Monday (21st September).

A summary of the document is below

Residents of the Ferintosh Community Council (FCC) area, if supportive, will be able to trial a new public and community bus service model. If the trial over 16 months is successful, then the service will provide the possibility of journeys on all seven days and evenings as guided by the requests and needs of residents. ‘Door to door’ journeys on request will be possible. Journeys that link into all the A835 /A9 mainline commercial bus services will be possible. More efficient use of a smaller electric vehicle will be possible. Lower running costs securing more certainty for existing limited services will be possible.

The consultation paper goes into more detail of the model enabling FCC to ask residents their initial views of this approach (please complete the short questionnaire at the end). FCC is seeking views in time for its monthly meeting at 7pm on Monday 21st September 2020. If residents are broadly supportive, then a more detailed consultation with journeys and timetabling, fare and communication logistics and responses to initial queries will take place within a month. If residents’ feedback is broadly positive from that second consultation then Stage 1 of this pilot will go ahead. A Stage 2 of the pilot is envisaged and will be the subject of a later consultation.

Read the consultation paper    .PDF    .DOC

Additional consultation question added 18 September

Many thanks for your responses so far. In considering those for Monday's FCC meeting, I realise that more information from non-users would be valuable. So I'd like now to add this supplementary question for the vast majority of us who don't currently use (or rarely use) buses:

In the future, if you were unable to access private transport, which of the following two options would you be most likely to favour? Move house for easier access to the services you need /enjoy? Remain in your current house and use public  transport (e.g. Ferintosh Community Bus)?

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June 2020  New timetables from 29 June

Stagecoach has announced increased services on many Inverness, Black Isle and Easter Ross routes from Monday 29 June, restoring many of the services withdrawn at the start of lockdown.  They remind intending passengers that face coverings are mandatory on all public transport in Scotland.  See the timetables below for details

All Inverness and Black Isle (PDF)

All Inverness and Black Isle (DOC)

Black Isle and Easter Ross   (DOC)

Stagecoach press release

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Traveline Scotland provides information about all Stagecoach Highland services and all Scottish bus operators.  Unfortunately most people will find the Traveline timetables difficult to read because of the small size of the type.  Stagecoach timetables are better.

 

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