Stagecoach is to close its Dundee depot, with bus operations from the site to be relocated.
The decision follows local consultations with staff on a number of options for the site. The operator has written to all staff at its depot in the city to confirm the facility will cease operations on 14 August and to explain the next steps for employees. Last month the company confirmed it was carrying out a review of its operations in Dundee as a result of high operating costs at the depot. The relocation of staff and vehicles to other depots will take place from 15 August 2016. The majority of workers are expected to move to alternative depot locations in the surrounding area.
The depot relocation is not expected to have a significant impact on the operations of any local Stagecoach bus services. Separately, a number of proposed service changes are currently being considered through a public consultation as part of an ongoing route review to better match the demand for local routes within what it describes as a ‘continued fragile economy’. Stagecoach East Scotland currently employs around 1,400 staff across Fife, Perthshire, Dundee and Angus, with 100 employees based at Dundee depot.
MD, Stagecoach East Scotland, Andrew Jarvis, said, ‘We understand that any changes are unsettling for our people. That is why our approach has been to involve our employees at all stages of our review. We have had three key priorities: to protect the jobs of our employees, maintain services to our customers in Dundee and ensure a sustainable business for the long term. The changes we are making to our operation provide the best balance of achieving these objectives. We will be giving our staff at Dundee depot every assistance during transfers to alternative depots in the area and we do not expect the relocation to significantly affect services. We have no plans to change our operations at Dundee bus station and our focus continues to be on providing our customers with high quality and excellent value local bus and coach services.’