The potential interventions that have been taken forward from the previous stage of the study, and which are currently being assessed in greater detail, are shown below.
Option 1 – Improved (existing) bus services to/from Newburgh
Enhanced bus service provision to Perth, Cupar, and Ladybank to enable public transport access to key services and markets i.e. employment, training, places of study, and wider health care and leisure facilities, and to help increase public transport choice. The option includes the provision of greater frequencies of bus services and extended hours of operation, as well as improving connectivity with train services to help facilitate onward travel.
Option 2 – (New) Express bus service
A (New) Express bus service through Newburgh, with connections to Cupar, Perth, and Broxden Park and Ride. The service currently does not exist. The option offers potential interchange opportunities with other strategic bus services to major Scottish towns and cities. It also includes the potential for more direct services between Newburgh, Cupar and Perth to help improve journey times by public transport, facilitate improved access to key services and markets, improve connectivity, and increase public transport choice.
Option 3 – New/Reopened train station in Newburgh
Provision of a train station in Newburgh in order to help increase public transport choice for trips to and from Newburgh, increase connectivity, and help facilitate access to key services and markets. The option considers the opening of the rail station as both a permanent and a temporary/pop-up structure to test user demand for the service. It also considers multi-modal access to the stations.
Option 4 – Car sharing
Increased car sharing to and from Newburgh in order to improve access to key services and markets, widen people’s travel choices, help reduce lengthy journeys by public transport and help address high public transport fares. The option explores ideas for car sharing, such as setting up a Newburgh only community car share scheme as part of the wider Sestran’s and Fife Council’s car sharing scheme, installing a community car club facility and/or including Mobility as a Service (MaaS).
Option 5 – New and/or improved active travel routes
Option 5a – New and/or improved active travel routes and provision to public transport nodes
This option would help increase access to key services and markets by providing walking and cycling information as well as infrastructure links to/from bus stops and/or public transport interchanges. This may include improvements to walking and cycling routes and/or providing cycle parking provision at bus stops.
Option 5b – New and/or improved active travel routes to outlying communities
This option would help increase access to key services and markets by providing walking and cycling information as well as improved active travel links to connect outlying settlements and communities, such as Abernethy, Lindores, Den of Lindores and Flisk to help widen travel choices and improve connectivity for local trips.