Moray MP Douglas Ross is delighted that residents in the Forbeshill area of Forres are to have a new scheduled bus service.
Douglas said: “The last bus service run by Stagecoach that provided for a large number of people living in Forbeshill was withdrawn in May 2017. Since then, I’ve campaigned tirelessly for the service to be reinstated.
“It is excellent news that Moray Council have stepped in and are proposing to run five return services a day to link Forbeshill to Forres town centre and to the local health centre. It is great news for the many residents who live on the east side of the town that they can now rely on a bus service to take them the one mile into Forres and the two-mile journey to and from the health centre.
“After Stagecoach refused to re-instate the route, I wrote to Moray Council to ask if they could provide a bus service for the residents at Forbeshill, and I am delighted that they have now agreed to do that. Without a bus service many of the older people living in Forbeshill had to rely on taxis or other people to drive them to the shops or to the doctors. Now the threat of them being isolated, especially in the winter, has been reduced with this welcome new bus service.
“So many constituents have contacted me over the past two years about the need for a bus service for Forbeshill so I’m delighted with this positive move.”
In addition to the Forbeshill service, Moray Council has also proposed to run a return service using an electric bus from Forres to Aberlour, leaving Forres at 11.10amand returning from Aberlour at 2.20pm.