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Strong response to bus survey

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By Christie Breen
Strong response to bus survey

COMMUNITY members remain optimistic about saving the 101/102 bus service from Dumfries to Edinburgh via Moffat.

A total of 1400 people along the bus route completed the survey created by campaign group ‘Stand Up for Our Buses’.

And this week members of Moffat and District Community Council (MDCC) spoke out in support of the efforts being made to save the bus link to the capital.

Chairman Liam O’Neill said: “The contract for the 101/102 was due to expire in August and it was given an extension until the end of March next year.

“But there is no guarantee that the service will continue after March, so this survey is something that highlights the value of the service. I filled in my copy and returned it and I hope everyone else did. The service is supported because for some people it’s the only link they have to Edinburgh.”

The survey closed last Friday and now campaigners are compiling a report based on the responses, which will be released later this week. A spokesperson for ‘Stand Up for Our Buses’ said via social media: “The phenomenal level of support and engagement has provided a robust volume of data on which to undertake the analysis: 1400 responses in itself speaks volumes about how important the 101/2 is to rural and urban communities all along the route.”

“The report is designed to be useful for all, including local authorities, national governments, elected representatives and prospective bus operators to better understand how the 101/2 is currently being used, and to see where the potential is to develop the route.”