Bus Service Changes (last updated 5th July 2017)

Bus Service Changes



Update as at 5th July 2017; Services 501 (Blairgowrie – Ballater) and the Ring of Breadalbane Explorer RO1/RO2 will not be running this year. Also, Hamish Gordon has withdrawn school service 624. To reflect this, I’ve updated the files for 71, 890/896. At the same time there are reprints of the DRT Balquhidder and Stagecoach 107 (reprint only in new S/C Bluebird format removed from Stonehaven booklet) times.


A event timetable now online is Service 80s for the Rewind Festival at Scone Palace (21st to 24th April 2017). At the same time, there are updated timetables for Elizabeth Yule 82 and Basin Rambler for Summer 2017.

In August 2017, Carnival 56 will have some one-off buses running to and from the event… full details to follow.


From Monday 3rd July 2017, there will be some timetable changes to Stagecoach Strathtay;

Service 58: Blairgowrie – Guildtown – Perth

The 58B route variation via Golf Course Road is no longer used, with this area now served by revised service 63 (see below).  As a result, the 1025 Perth to Blairgowrie weekday journey is revised to route 58, arriving in Blairgowrie 4 minutes earlier.  The 1325 Blairgowrie to Perth weekday journey is revised to route 58 departing at 1330.  There are no other changes to the timetable.

Service 63: Blairgowrie town service

At the request of Perth & Kinross Council, this service has been revised to serve Golf Course Road on three journeys per day, providing new local links for this area and replacing the discontinued route 58B journeys.  The timetable is revised slightly as a result.

Service X7: Perth – Dundee – Arbroath – Montrose – Stonehaven – Aberdeen   

The timetable has been revised to improve reliability and coordinate with new service X8 (see below), with most journeys retimed.  The Sunday service between Dundee and Perth is increased to hourly.  In Arbroath, an additional stop at Elliot Caravan Park is introduced, providing improved access to Westway Retail Park.

Service X8: Perth – Dundee – Arbroath

This new service running hourly Monday to Saturday provides additional capacity and new journey opportunities, with limited stop journeys between Perth, Dundee and Arbroath up to every 30 minutes combined with service X7.  Service X8 additionally serves Glendoick, restoring links with Perth and Dundee that were discontinued in August 2016, as well as Luna Place at Dundee Tech Park.  The service is operated by low floor, wheelchair accessible buses.


From Monday 5th June 2017 changes to Citylink/Megabus, Xplore Dundee and  Stagecoach services;

Service 137, 138, 139 (combined timetable for Xplore Dundee and Stagecoach)
A reduced bus service will be introduced on three routes for Dundee, Bridgefoot, Auchterhouse, Tealing and Murroes from 5 June. From that date the routes (137, 138 and 139) will be served by one bus rather than two (except in the morning peak). Studies of demand and use of the service showed it caters for up to 24 passengers a day (Mon-Fri) and 17 on Saturdays. Alternative bus services – at slightly earlier or later – are still available to those travelling to and from work.

Citylink/Megabus/Parks M8, M9/G9, M10/G10, M90/G90, M91, M92/G92  have changes to their  services across Scotland, including a new G10 from Glasgow to Inverness. Click here to download Aberdeen-Edinburgh, Aberdeen-Glasgow, Inverness-Edinburgh, Inverness-Glasgow timetables, or the Citylink Gold only services.

Service X53: Kingoodie – Ninewells Hospital – Dundee – Cupar – Glenrothes – Kirkcaldy

Revised timetable to improve reliability and offer new journey opportunities.

The service is rerouted via Newport, restoring direct links with Ninewells Hospital and destinations in Fife.  An additional AM peak journey to Ninewells and Invergowrie is added, as are later journeys to and from Kirkcaldy.

Service X54: Dundee – Glenrothes – Halbeath P&R – Ferrytoll P&R – Edinburgh

Revised timetable to improve reliability and offer new journey opportunities.

Service X54 is rerouted to serve Thornton and Rothesay House in Glenrothes.

The Sunday frequency to Dundee is doubled to hourly and more X54 journeys run in the evenings.

Service X55: Dunfermline – Rosyth – Ferrytoll P&R – Edinburgh

A revised timetable is introduced to improve reliability, with the hourly extension to/from Perth withdrawn and mostly replaced by new service X56. Additional PM peak departures from Edinburgh are introduced. Evening journeys now also run limited stop as service X55, with route number 55 no longer used.

Service X56: Perth – Kinross – Halbeath P&R – Ferrytoll P&R – Edinburgh

This service is revised to operate throughout the day, 7 days a week, replacing service X55 between Perth and Halbeath P&R and offering faster journeys to/from Edinburgh via the M90 motorway.  Frequent connections to/from Dunfermline are available at Halbeath P&R, through fares are available.


From Monday 28th May 2017

Service 30 (Arbroath/Montrose – Brechin/Stracathro) will have the off-peak Mon-Fri journeys (by MW Nicoll) withdrawn. There are no changes to their peak time, or evening, services, or that of other operators. Click here for a new timetable, or a new Arbroath – Montrose summary.

Service 81 (Carnoustie – Forfar) will be operated by Wisharts, instead of JP Coaches. Download a new timetable here.










From Monday 24th April 2017, Stagecoach are making changes to 301 Perth Park & Ride service, and our 19 route between Perth and Stirling.

From this date, there will be revised timetables introduced. Click on the link to download the new timetable.

Service 19: Perth – Auchterarder – Gleneagles station – Blackford – Braco – Stirling

The Sunday journeys on this service have been retimed slightly to improve reliability. There is no change to the route or the Monday to Saturday times.

Service 301: Perth park & ride service between Broxden P&R and Perth city centre

The Monday to Friday timetable has been revised slightly around the morning and afternoon peaks to improve reliability. Journeys now run every 20 minutes for a period in the morning and afternoon, with the daytime frequency of every 15 minutes unchanged. There is no change to the Saturday timetable.


On Easter Sunday, Sunday 16th April 2017, there will be a special one-day service, Easter Eggspress. Similar to last year (although fares will be charged at usual rates – including 20p accompanied child specials!). While the service was intended to start from Whitehall Street, sadly a two-week roadworks have moved this to Albert Square for 2017. Click here to download the details.


From Monday 10th April 2017 for two weeks, major roadworks will be happening in Dundee City Centre. Follow the links for the information for Stagecoach East Scotland or Xplore Dundee – each PDF will provide more information.


From Saturday 1st April 2017 until Sunday 16th April 2017, Dundee City Council will be supporting a fares promotion called Holiday Hop. Children (when travelling with an adult or concession pass holder) will pay 20p per journey on any bus operated by Moffat & Williamson, Stagecoach or Xplore Dundee, anywhere in the ABC ticket area. Click here for more details.


In late March 2017, Xplore Dundee issued a new Network Map folder. We will get this online as soon as we have an electronic copy. UPDATE; now online here!


From Thursday 30 March 2017, Main Street between Lochty and Almondbank will be closed for approximately 18 weeks.

During this time, a special route and timetable will be in place on route 14, operating with an hourly frequency by Stagecoach Perth. There will be changes to Service 15 in the mornings and evenings too, with an experimental evening service from Crieff to St Fillans via Comrie added to the timetable. Follow the links below for more details.

Route 14 Perth – Crieff Rd – A9 – Pitcairngreen – Almondbank

Route 14 will operate from Perth city centre along Crieff Road (A85) then run via the A9 bypass to Luncarty, where it will divert and head west to service Pitcairngreen and then via Bridgeton Brae, Gellyburn Rd and Lumsden Crescent to Almondbank Main Street (Vector Aerospace).

Certain journeys will operate as route 14A and will serve Dunkeld Road instead of Crieff Road.  Routes 14 & 14A operate on Mondays to Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Route 14B Perth – Crieff Rd – Ruthvenfield

Journeys serving Ruthvenfield will operate as route 14B from Perth city centre, serving Crieff Road (A85), past Huntingtower and into Castle Brae, operating clockwise and stopping opposite Ruthvenfield Primary School.

Route 14B will operate hourly until the early afternoon, on Mondays to Fridays and Saturdays.

Ruthvenfield (opp Primary School) is also served by Route 15 towards Perth city centre at 0729 (Mon-Fri), 2309 (Mon-Fri) and 2319 (Sat), and by Route 14 towards Almondbank at 1825 (Mon-Fri & Sat).

Route 15

Route 15 journeys that currently serve Almondbank and Pitcairngreen will be unable do so. They will instead operate directly along the A85. A safe walking route will be available from Almondbank to the A85 at Lochty, where customers can access the route 15 bus. All affected journeys are re-timed and a temporary timetable will be in place.


From Monday 27th March 2017, Stagecoach East Scotland have made some changes to their fares. Follow the links for more information for Fife, or Perth/Strathtay.


From Monday 13 March 2017, the B954 at Quarry Bends near Newtyle will be closed for up to 6 weeks.

This closure will take place between 0800 and 1800 Monday to Friday, and will affect certain 57 journeys, which usually operate between Meigle and Muirhead.  These journeys will be required to divert via Coupar Angus and will therefore be unable to serve Newtyle. TEMP. 57 WEEKDAY TIMETABLE

The following journeys, departing Dundee, will be diverted: Monday to Friday – 0855, 1055, 1255 & 1705.

The following journeys, departing Blairgowrie will be diverted: Monday to Friday – 0853, 1058, 1258, 1458, 1708.

Saturday and Sunday services, or any other journeys not listed above will not be affected by this closure.