Letham and Freuchie are rural communities where many people commute to larger towns nearby for work. The Stagecoach X54 bus currently stops on the A92 at the edge of the villages but proposed service changes will see the removal of this service on 15th August 2016. This will leave Letham served by only the 64 service, which runs through all the little villages in the area. A change of bus would then be required in Cupar on to Dundee. This would turn a 25 minute journey currently into well over an hour at least.This removal of service means that the only alternative options would be travel by car. Hardly environmentally friendly and adds to the already considerable congestion in Dundee City Centre.
Last year Stagecoach made a pre-tax profit of £185 million and it is clear that Stagecoach value their shareholders more than their loyal customers. In villages with ageing populations, it seems extraordinary that Stagecoach can justify cancelling the only service that provides access to two major hospitals (Dundee and Kirkcaldy). The future of villages like Letham and Freuchie depends on their attractiveness to young families who feel they can move to a more rural setting without losing out on local amenities and job opportunities in larger towns and cities. I urge the many residents of and visitors to Letham and Freuchie to sign this petition in order to secure the well regarded status of the villages. Leaving this change to go ahead will reduce them to remote and isolated communities, something entirely inappropriate for such active and busy villages.