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By Christie Breen
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Bus campaign shifts gear

THE campaign to save the 101 Dumfries to Edinburgh bus service, via Moffat, continues to gain traction as over 900 people have already responded to a new survey.

The service was due to be scrapped in August but further funding was injected allowing the bus to run until March 2023.

Now campaign group ‘Stand Up for Our Buses’ have launched a survey of residents and bus users to assess what is needed from the 101/2 bus service. The survey was launched on October 5 and has seen over 900 responses in six days.

SPT will be representing a consortium of four transport authorities to re-tender the contract for the 101/2 route.

Spokesperson for Stand Up for Our Buses Janet Moxley said: “We are delighted that SPT are starting to engage with the public about the issues facing the 101/2. To enable sensible decisions to be made about the route it is important that we have good information about why people do or don’t use the route and what their travel patterns are likely to be as we emerge from the pandemic.

“Stand Up for Our Buses know that the 101/2 bus route is important to many local residents and we encourage everyone who has an interest in the bus route to fill in the survey whether they are local residents, people who use the bus to visit our area, existing passengers or people who might use the buses if provision was different.”

The survey is live now and will accept responses until October 21, it can be accessed online at https://bit.ly/101-102-buses.