A CAMPAIGN has been launched to save the threatened X53 bus service.

First Bus have announced a suspension of the X53 bus route which serves areas of the Hillfoots.

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell has launched a campaign to save the bus service.

The Mid Scotland and Fife MSP said: “If the X53 is cut then villages throughout Clackmannanshire will be effectively cut off from public transport.

“If this cut goes ahead it will be a huge blow for residents, with many unable to use public transport to access healthcare, education and work.

“Any cut to public transport inevitably leads to more cars on the road, worsening the climate crisis, reducing air quality and making streets less safe."

“With free bus travel for under 22 year olds just around the corner, now is not the time to be cutting lifeline services.

“I want those in charge to see the importance of this service to communities across the region.

“I urge First Bus to engage meaningfully with people who rely on this service and to reconsider this cut which will leave so many in Clackmannanshire isolated.”