Councillors have expressed concerns about proposals from Stagecoach to reduce bus services in South Ayrshire. The proposals, if implemented would mean buses no longer stop at Culzean Castle; services would also be reduced between Troon and Irvine and altered in other locations such as Ayr, Prestwick and Barassie.
Councillor Ian Cochrane, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment said: "In South Ayrshire, buses are a real lifeline, enabling residents to keep their independence for longer. These proposals would affect people trying to get to health appointments and inhibit others from accessing work and further education.
"There would also be an environmental impact as reducing bus services would mean an increase in car journeys when we should be doing all we can to reduce our carbon footprint and help protect South Ayrshire for future generations.
"I intend to sit down with Stagecoach to discuss their proposals and highlight the need to protect these vital services.
"I would encourage people to take part in the consultation and let Stagecoach know just how devastating these plans would be for communities across South Ayrshire."