A CAMPAIGNING young woman in Dollar is concerned residents of the town could become isolated with the further erosion of public transport services.

As reported in the Advertiser, representatives are calling on Stagecoach to reconsider a decision to consider cutting the number 23 service.

The service, which takes passengers along the A91 between Stirling and St Andrews, serves a number of Hillfoots villages.

However, it is perhaps most important for the community in Dollar, where the only other service is the H2 hospital bus, running only every two hours.

Dollar's Holly Strachan featured in the Advertiser a few years ago when she launched a door step campaign in a bid to improve bus services in the town.

The 23-year-old was keen to highlight that "not everyone in Dollar has a car" – a stereotypical view she looked to shatter when speaking back in 2016.

Speaking about the current proposals to axe the Stagecoach 23 service, she said: "Transport in Dollar has been an ongoing issue for a number of years now.

"As there is already a limited bus service to and from Dollar, I believe that taking away Stagecoach 23 will further reduce these links, specifically the direct link to Stirling.

"Not only will this effect Dollar residents who depend on public transport to get to work, the shops or even hospital appointments; it will also effect people who may like to visit Dollar for tourism or even visiting family and friends."

For most of those who do not own a car or drive, buses are the main mode of transport in Dollar, she highlighted.

Holly added: "My main concern is that Dollar residents will become isolated due to the lack of transport to and from the village and we as a community should not let this happen."

Announcing the plan, Stagecoach bosses said: "This service was extended to Falkirk in partnership with Fife Council and relied on passenger numbers increasing each year.

"Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, passenger numbers are expected to stay low for some time, making this extension no longer viable."

Visit bit.ly/3hQxf5f to comment on the proposals by this Friday, August 7.