Bute’s bus and ferry timetables will change this Friday, March 29 at the start of Caledonian MacBrayne’s 2013 summer season.
On CalMac’s Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry service, two small changes will take effect to improve connections with other forms of public transport at Wemyss Bay.
From Monday to Saturday, the 0800 sailing from Wemyss Bay will leave five minutes earlier, at 0755, and the 0845 sailing from Rothesay will also leave five minutes earlier at 0840.
The timetable of the corresponding bus services between Kilchattan Bay and Rothesay, operated by West Coast Motors, will also change to accommodate the altered ferry times.
The summer evening extension to the Rhubodach-Colintraive services - with the last sailings of the day leaving at 9pm, instead of 8pm - also takes effect from Friday.
Meanwhile, March 29 also sees a change to the route of the two Rothesay town bus services, also operated by West Coast Motors, to provide better access to public transport for those living in the Glebelands, Minister’s Brae, Mountpleasant and Foley Park areas of the town.
The new routes, in full, are as follows.
Service 491 (Guildford Square-Ballochgoy-Barone Road-Joint Campus-Bush-Guildford Square): From Guildford Square via Victoria Street, Gallowgate, Bridgend Street, Hillhouse Road, St Brides Road, Blain Terrace, Ballochgoy Road, Hillhouse Road, Columshill Street, Barone Road, Robertson Drive, Bryce Avenue Junction, Reversal, Robertson Drive, Barone Road, Russell Street, High Street, Minister’s Brae, Roslin Road, Eden Drive, Foley Road, Bush Road, Wallace Avenue, Eden Drive, High Street, B881, Rothesay Joint Campus, B881, High Street, Castle Street, Bishop Street, Albert Place, to Guildford Square.
Service 492 (Guildford Square-Bush-Joint Campus-Barone Road-Ballochgoy-Guildford Square): From Guildford Square via Albert Place, Bishop Street, Castle Street, High Street, B881, Rothesay Joint Campus, B881, High Street, Eden Drive, Wallace Avenue, Bush Road, Foley Road, Eden Drive, Roslin Road, Minister’s Brae, High Street, Russell Street, Barone Road, Robertson Drive, Bryce Avenue Junction, Reversal, Robertson Drive, Barone Road, Columshill Street, Hillhouse Road, St Brides Road, Blain Terrace, Ballochgoy Road, Hillhouse Road, Bridgend Street, Gallowgate, Victoria Street to Guildford Square.
Friday also sees the start of the summer-only extension of some of Port Bannatyne’s buses to and from Ettrick Bay, with buses to and from the popular west coast beach running hourly during the day Monday to Saturday and less frequently on Sundays.