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Feelings have been running high among passengers in Dundee following withdrawal of two routes by Xplore Dundee, the city operator owned by National Express. Gavin Booth and Greig Mackay, Director and Deputy Director of Bus Users Scotland, along with a large number of dissatisfied passengers, attended a public meeting in Dundee on 31 October to address matters.

As the representative of an independent organisation, Gavin was called on to chair the meeting for Bus Users Scotland, and was joined by representatives from Xplore Dundee, Stagecoach East Scotland and Dundee City Council. While the operators explained the cuts had been necessary as the affected services were no longer profitable, members of the public were able to raise concerns over the impact these cuts were having on their day-to-day lives.

In response, Xplore and the City Council have pledged to find a solution that will address the concerns of local passengers.

Bus Users Scotland is also looking to build a closer working relationship with SATA, the Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance. SATA representatives have expressed concern over the difficulties many passengers have been experiencing when using buses in Scotland, and the two groups will be pushing for legislation and other measures to benefit all bus passengers.

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