New bus service links Forbeshill to town centre, Tesco and Knockomie

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An extended bus service approved by councillors last November will be in operation from this month.

The town bus service for residents in the Forbeshill area of the town was called for by residents after Stagecoach withdrew their commercial service.

Starting on Monday 24 February, the new service will link Forbeshill with the town centre, medical centre and include a loop around Tesco. The council have also extended the service to include the new dental facility at Knockomie.

Currently, the council’s Dial-a-bus is being used by some residents to access town-centre facilities. This will still be available should some residents have mobility difficulty getting to the bus stops along the route.

The timetable is available on the council’s website at http://www.moray.gov.uk/downloads/file130730.pdf

Welcoming the new service, Forres councillor Aaron McLean said: “This is a challenging area to get around due to being on a steep hill, and as many of the residents are elderly having access to a bus really changes lives.

“It will make great inroads to reducing social isolation and provide residents easy access to the local shops, giving the town centre a welcome boost and encouraging residents to use an environmentally-friendly way of travelling.”