January 2022 Service Changes v5 updated 2nd Feb 2022

UPDATE fronm 6th Feburary Midland Larbert (inc 38/X38 and X36/X37) reverts to full timetables on most services
See seperate item with XD 22nd feb School Bus changes

UPDATE 24th January

First Midland back to normal from Bannockburn but NOT Larbert. As the site has expanded see the Index to Services for the full list of timetables or file directory
For now be aware that the only one in the old or new expanded Dundee Buses NOT back to normal is 38/X38 services.





UPDATE AGAIN 17/01/22
Minor changes again to First 52 and 59 again from today – download updated 59 Stirling, C60/59 and 202 Kinross/52 timetables.

Further to below updated 35/140/141, 115 is back (missed it beforehand) and EasyOn (Shared taxi service in Dundee) is coming back soon with an extended area.

UPDATE On Friday 7th January 2022 First Midland uploaded their new information. 202 no longer meets intended connections – see updated 202 and 52 here. Also 59 has been tweaked – see new 59 and updated C60/59 timetables here.

Since the August major service changes, some further changes happened over the Autumn of 2021. There were minor changes to 5/5A/905  (Dundee), 6A/6C (Dundee), 9/10 (Dundee), 15/15A (Perth), 32 (Dundee), 33 (Dundee), 34 (Brechin), 77/77A peak extra/evening journeys and 204 daytime (service moved from Arbroath to St Andrews depot – no updated timetable issued), 77B, 92/92A/92B/92C/92D, as well as frequency reductions to 1/2 (Perth), 1 (Dundee), 5/5A/905 (Dundee), 7/7A/7B/7C (Perth), 17/917 (Dundee), 18 (Dundee), 22 (Dundee Downfield no change to Kirriemuir 22), 28/928 (Dundee), 39, 99/99A/99B/99C and X56/X56A/X56B/X56C. Most of these were advertised as “temporary” but remember there are still temp Jan 2021 reductions from Stagecoach still happening! There was also the Winter timetable on Citylink/Megabus/Parks, and removal of the seasonal extra journeys on 16 between St Madoes and Perth after the berry season. In addition Dundee school service 9S to St Paul’s was withdrawn, with a Service 18S replacing but additionally serving Western Gateway and Balgradon Academy and not Ninewells Hospital or Balgowan Avenue.

While Perth & Kinross Council have reinstated the DRT1 service in Kinross-shire, and Saba Parking brining back Ninewells Shuttle after lockdown temporary withdrawals, Dundee City Council have permanently withdrawn the series of Blether Buses / Shoppers Service / Drop Off Service. Blether Buses are understood to be permanent gone but the others may return – if the council will allows. However as the majority of bus shelters and stops have been abandoned I would  not hold your breath. 

Only temporary withdraw service is 115 Comrie – St Fillans – however this service had a poor start and is expected this service has been permanently withdrawn.

Service 30 single journey by Wishart’s appears to be withdrawn (not on company website however AC still shows temporary lockdown timetable) so I will endeavor to ask. However the Angus tender specs point to an incorrect version! Angus Schools are still pending uploading here as well.

There are three sets of changes affecting the former Tayside region in January 2022. However in some cases the improvements operators are billing are anything but. However I guess if over 100 drivers leave in one year after the company changed hands, then what can you expect, other than to change their new policies? New drivers are also on £1 a hour less than those who started last year, but this is understood to still be more than parent company staff get in Inverclyde, Monklands and Renfrewshire! Since then the company has responded to criticism by blocking those who object on Social Media.

The long rumored (from over a decade ago) National Express and Stagecoach merger is also happened. So please read the details – and treat company versions with a lots wife pinch of salt!

The following week, Stagecoach changes in Angus, as well as some temporary (permanent) withdrawals as First Midland Bannockburn depot, affecting the X53 to Kinross. This quietly loaded service has been rescued by Perth & Kinross Council at off peak services times. However no information is known yet of peak services, or if the “temporarily withdrawn” X53 will ever return – if so what happens to the 202 is really anyone’s guess.

STOP PRESS as I was finishing this listing, (15.00 3ed Jan) First Scotland East have said that they will be running SUNDAY service on most services from 10th January 2022 – assuming this means 59 too as the X53 is withdrawn (and 53/57 reduced from the same date). Please refer back to companys website at https://www.firstbus.co.uk/south-east-and-central-scotland/news-and-service-updates/news/staff-shortages-affecting-service for details as and when it is released.

You can click on each link for the new timetable or browse the file directory for individual timetables at http://dundeebuses.info/000%202022%20Timetables/.

Xplore Dundee January 2022 Map here

Xplore Dundee Service 1 (Dundee City Centre – Strathmore Avenue – The Stack – Kings Cross Road – Ardler village – St Mary’s loop) – from Monday 3rd January 2021

  • First and last buses very similar to current times with some daytime journey times adjusted by a couple of minutes (last now 23.04 from Courthouse Square and 23.09 Albert Square, not 23.07/23.10).
  • Service level is still the “temporary” one introduced in October, i.e. every 15 minutes during the day Monday-Friday, 20 minutes daytime Saturday and Sundays. (The pre-October frequency was as follows every 10 minutes Mon-Fri, 15 Saturday daytimes).
  • Early morning Whitehall Street journeys, and peak time journeys through Tesco Baird Avenue, are similar to now).
  • No changes to the route.

Xplore Dundee Service 2 (Dundee City Centre – Byron Street – Alpin Road – The Stack) – from Monday 3rd January 2021

  • This one has the first journey (07.55 from Albert Square) leaving Albert Square six minutes earlier, arriving at The Stack eight minutes earlier.
  • Off peak times change by arriving 1-2 minutes earlier, with the departure times from both ends unchanged.
  • Frequency and route unchanged, with no evening or weekend service.
  • No changes to the route.

Xplore Dundee Services 5/5A/905 (Ninewells Hospital – Perth Road – City Centre – Broughty Ferry – Forthill & Barnhill loop) – from 3rd January 2022

  • Some slight timetable adjustments and operational changes to improve punctuality. Check out the new timetable.
  • No route changes officially mentioned but the timetable indicates  that there is some 905s running via Dundee Road West in one direction only. There is no further information beyond this.
  • Service 5a will continue to become service 10 at Broughty Ferry – but at Ninewells Hospital, all buses will now terminate and passengers will have to transfer.
  • Frequencies unchanged at 10 minutes during the day Mon-Fri daytime (alternates between 5, 5A or 905 to City only) 15 mins Sat (alternates between 5 and 5a), and 30 minutes Sunday (alternates between 5A and 905).

Xplore Dundee Service 6A/6C (Menzieshill, Elmwood, Charleston and Gowrie Park Circular to Ninewells Hospital – continues as 5/5A to City Centre) – from 3rd January 2022

  • The service is being replaced by Service 6.  It will run hourly (on weekdays) between the City Centre and Ninewells Hospital.  
  • This “improvement” actually has seen a 50% service weekday reduction (from every 30 minutes to 60 minutes) and withdrawal of Saturday service, however buses will now run direct to City Centre via Tullideph Road, Pentland Avenue, Blackness Road, Sinderins, to Dundee City Centre.  
  • First buses now 08.15 every hour to 15.15, 16.12 and 17.10 last bus from Ninewells Hospital (D) with the return service from City Centre Whitehall Street (W2) at 08.43 every hour to 15.43 then 16.41 last bus.
  • (This too has been chalked up to a driver shortage…the post of mine has been removed – alongside a COMPLIMENT I made about the X90 being now online booking for all including concessions – so no link possible. However in the press article linked above, XDs management said they were not short of drivers…)

Xplore Dundee Service 9/10 (Ninewells Hospital – Charleston – Lochee – St Mary’s – Kirkton – Fintry – Douglas – Forthill) – from 3rd January 2022

  • Services 9/10 will be simplified to run as service 10 in both directions (making it like all of our other routes, which use the same number each way).
  • At Broughty Ferry, service 10 will still connect with service 5A (and vice versa), which means passengers can stay on the bus to complete their journey as normal.
  • In Charleston, buses towards Ninewells will run as normal to Charleston Road, then via Craigowan Road, Craigard Road and South Road. This is to create a one-way circuit so that buses no longer meet each other on Craigowan Road. Buses towards Lochee will continue to run their normal route.
  • Due to low usage, and associated delays at the roundabout, service 10 will no longer stop at Jack Martin Way. Instead, pedestrian access will still be available from Fintry Drive or Mill o’ Mains, and service 33 will still stop at Jack Martin Way as normal.
  • There will also be some slight timetable adjustments to improve punctuality..

Stagecoach Strathtay Service 9 (Montrose Station – Craigo – Marykirk – Laurencekirk Main Street) – from 10th January 2022

As a result of the new service 47 daytime timetable, service 9 will now run via Craigo village on most journeys Monday to Friday. This means all southbound buses (Mon-Fri) will operate into Craigo, with all northbound journeys now operating in on request.

No changes to frequencies, first/last bus times, or on Saturdays.

Saturday – no changes.

Xplore Dundee Service 17/917 (Ninewells Hospital – Lochee – Sinderins – Dundee City Centre – Pitkerro Road – Fintry – Whitfield) – from 3rd January 2022

  • Revised timetable too with many changes including first journeys a little earlier (04.52 from town not 05.00). Increased running time on this service with daytime journeys 3 minutes longer, with some up to 7 minutes longer.
  • Early morning positioning journeys from the City Centre will no longer take a short-cut route to The Crescent; for simplicity, all buses will follow the normal route via Longhaugh Road and Berwick Drive. Apart from that no other route changes.
  • Frequency remains at the reduced level introduced in October 2021 – 12 minutes during the day Monday-Friday (Reduced from 10), 20 minutes Saturdays (Reduced from 15), 30 minutes Sundays (reduced from 20) with 30 minutes. The evening services were unchanged at every 30 minutes.

Xplore Dundee Service 18 (Barns of Claverhouse – Kirkton – Arklay Street – Dundee City Centre) – from 3rd January 2022

  • Route reverts to terminating at Courthouse Square  with no buses to Nethergate or West Marketgait until 20.00 every day).
  • Some slight timetable adjustments.
  • Re-routed in the City Centre. It will revert to stopping at Ward Road, Courthouse Square and Albert Square (as it did until earlier this year) instead of Commercial Street and Nethergate. Check out the route map.
  • Saturday afternoon service reduced to run every 20-25 minutes, otherwise frequency remains at the reduced level introduced in October 2021 – 15 minutes during the day Monday-Friday (Reduced from 10), 20 minutes Saturdays (Reduced from 15), 30 minutes Sundays (reduced from 20) . The evening services were unchanged at every 30 minutes.

Xplore Dundee Service 22 / 922 (Ninewells Hospital – Blackness Road – Westport – Dundee City Centre – Alexander Street – Downfield – Craigowl) – from 3rd January 2022

  • Some slight timetable adjustments with many journeys times extended by a few minutes.
  • Frequency remains at the reduced level introduced in October 2021 – 10-11 minutes during the day Monday-Friday (Reduced from 7-8), 15 minutes Saturdays (Reduced from 10), 20 minutes Sundays (unchanged) (reduced from 20) with 30 minutes evening services.
  • No changes to the route.

Xplore Dundee Service 23 (City Centre – Provost Road – Woodside – Arklay Street – City Centre Circular) – from 3rd January 2022

  • Re-routed via Clepington Road and Forfar Road (instead of Arklay Street and Arthurstone Terrace) to provide a daytime service via Maryfield in place of service 33 (see below). Arklay Street will still be served by the 18, and Arthurstone Terrace will still be served by the 22 (to town) or 32/33 (from town).
  • No major changes to the timetable, m go inside break it ineaning services still half hourly off peak  with no evening, Saturday or Sunday service.

Xplore Dundee Service 28 / 928(Asda Myrekirk – Charleston – Lochee – Dundee City Centre – Arbroath Road – Asda Milton – Douglas Loop) – from 3rd January 2022

  • In Charleston, buses towards Myrekirk will run as normal to Charleston Road, then via Craigowan Road, Craigard Road and South Road. This is to create a one-way circuit so that buses no longer meet each other on Craigowan Road. Buses towards Lochee will continue to run their normal route.
  • Early morning positioning journeys from the City Centre will no longer take a short-cut route to Myrekirk ASDA; for simplicity, all buses will follow the normal route via Liff Road and Charleston.
  • We’ll also be deploying our new Electric Emerald buses on service 28, making a big difference to air quality and passenger comfort.
  • Some slight timetable adjustments to improve punctuality.
  • Frequency remains at the reduced level introduced in October 2021 – 12 minutes during the day Monday-Friday (Reduced from 9), 15 minutes Saturdays (Reduced from 10), 20 minutes Sundays (unchanged) (reduced from 20) with 30 minutes evening services.

Stagecoach Strathtay Service 30/30A/30B/30C/30D (Arbroath Depot – Arbroath Bus Station – Cliffburn or Warddykes -Montrose Station – Brechin – Stracathro Hospital – Edzell) – from 10th January 2022

  • Most Sunday journeys amended in some format, with the majority of northbound journeys toward Stracathro Hospital running 20 minutes earlier. Southbound up to 5-7 minutes different southbound from Montrose to Arbroath, with Stracathro services 10-20 minutes earlier too. This is to better fit in with staff hours at  the hospital.
  • Two additional journeys at 09.10 from Arbroath to Montrose, and 21.36 from Stracathro Hospital to Arbroath.

Xplore Dundee Service 32 (Dundee City Centre – Pitkerro Road – Fintry ) – from 3rd January 2022

Xplore Dundee Service 33 (Dundee City Centre – Forfar Riad – Fintry – Whitfield ) – from 3rd January 2022

  • Service 32 sees some slight timetable adjustments and operational changes to improve punctuality.  No route changes.
  • Service 33 sees some significant timetable adjustments and operational changes to improve punctuality. Re-routed via Pitkerro Road and Fountainbleau Drive (instead of Forfar Road) due to persistent congestion and delays on the A90 trunk road. Buses will continue to serve Mill o’ Mains as normal, and service 23 will cover Maryfield (between Clepington Road and Morgan Academy) during the day on weekdays. The route will also be curtailed in the City Centre to start/finish at Commercial Street (instead of Crichton Street) to improve timekeeping on the rest of the route. Service 32 will continue to serve both Crichton Street and Commercial Street as normal.
  • Frequency are mostly unchanged but 32 and 33 both separately 30-35 minutes during the day Monday-Friday (Reduced from 7-8), 40 minutes Saturdays, 60 minutes evenings and Sundays.

Stagecoach Strathtay 47 (Ferryden – Montrose Station – Hillside – Craigo)
Stagecoach Strathtay 47A / 47B (School Services) – from 10th January 2022

  • Following some problems with the new timetable introduced last summer, some changes will be introduced to improve reliability.
  • Most daytime journeys will no longer run between Midgrip Cottages and Craigo. On Monday to Saturday, service 9 will provide journeys to and from Craigo. The 47 will continue to serve Craigo in the evening and on Sundays.
  • Montrose Tesco will no longer be served on Monday to Friday or in the evening. This is due to the restricted turning area at the store which is not suitable for larger buses.

Stagecoach Strathtay/Xplore Dundee Services 73/73A/73B (Ninewells Hospital – Dundee City Centre – Broughty Ferry – Monifieth – Carnoustie – Arbroath) – from 10th January 2022

  • A revised timetable will be introduced to improve reliability. The number of journeys serving Barry village will be reduced, with many buses diverted along the bypass – actually Mon-Sat daytime only through Arbroath
  • Newspapers and social media reports state some Baryr reisnts have ovbjected to buses running faster than the 20mph speed limit through the i
  • There are seberal other changes to various journesy, check the new timetable carefully.

First Midland Service X53 (Stirling bus station – Tullibody – Dollar – Kinross – Kinross P&R) – from 10th January 2022

The operators information says;
Service X53                Suspended until further notice. Route between Stirling and Dollar is covered by services 52 and H2.

However it is assumed Perth & Kinross Council have decided to tender it out off-peak only, presumably assuming X53 will not be returning. This service will operate for a shorter day, between Tillicoultry (Bus Stance for Stirling 51/52 connections) and Kinross only.  This operates as Service 202 by Bay Travel of Lochgelly, who have operated Fife Council tendered services for over a decade, but this is their first service into former Tayside region.
It is not known if Dollar Academy or Stirling University returning might affect this in the future i.e. additional journeys on school service 324 or reintroducing 55 to replace the X53 peak hourly service, covering the bits outside the former Tayside region.