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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
Brakes put on bus routes

BUS services across Dumfries and Galloway are being kicked to the kerb.

Two bus services including, the 502 service to Castle Douglas and the 101/102 services to Edinburgh, are being scrapped following a decision made by Stagecoach.

The move has captured the attention of residents, councillors and politicians.

And MSPs Emma Harper, Christine Grahame and Màiri McAllan are banding together to seek immediate clarity from Stagecoach, SWestrans, Dumfries and Galloway Council and SPT.

South Scotland MSP Emma Harper yesterday said: “I have been contacted by constituents about the decision which has been taken by SWestrans to terminate the 101 and 102 bus services from Dumfries to Edinburgh as of August 14 this year.

“I share my constituents’ concerns and I am working with my colleagues Christine Grahame MSP and Màiri McAllan MSP for Clydesdale to see a solution to this decision as it impacts on their areas as well.”

Meanwhile, Locharbriggs and Heathhall residents have started an online petition to bring back the services, stating that the lack of public transport excludes them from the rest of the town.

Campaign creator Arthur Ramsey said: “We therefore cannot visit people, go to work or partake in social activities if we are not willing to walk up to four miles there, and the same back.”

n The petition has already gathered over 100 signatures in less than 24 hours. It can be viewed at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/reinstate-evening-bus-service-to-locharbriggs-and-heathhall

The 501 service will stop on August 7 and the 101/102 will be terminated on August 14.

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