Along with Heathhall Business Centre, local residents and business owners in Heathhall are joining forces to persuade Dumfries & Galloway Council and Stagecoach, to put Heathhall Industrial Estate on a public bus route and help not only people get to their place of work, but customers access these valuable local services.
The team at Heathhall Business Centre have already won the support of, Oliver Mundell, MSP in their campaign to bring a desperately needed bus stop to Heathhall. An online petition has been established on change.org to help us campaign for Heathhall to get a much-needed bus stop.
The growing business hub is now home to a community of over 50 local companies and attracts a mix of trade and retail shoppers from across the UK. However, without a bus stop in the area, businesses are missing out on local trade from nearby towns like Dumfries, which is only 10 minutes away. The bus stop would also benefit the local community in Heathhall by reducing congestion and pollution, and enable staff and visitors to travel to the business centre from the surrounding areas without a car.
Charlotte Briere-Edney, from ITV Borders has been finding out more about our campaign and speaking to those involved.
Where We Are in the Campaign
Local MSP Oliver Mundell and Ivor Hyslop of Dumfries and Galloway Council have both shown support for the campaign. Their comments prove how important it is that local authorities support employment generating areas of Dumfries. Improved transport links will not only provide those who work at Heathhall an easier commute, it will also allow the general public to access the services available.
We have contacted Stagecoach to investigate whether additional bus links could be added to existing services, which already visit locations around the Heathhall Industrial Estate. In addition to this, we have petitioned Dumfries & Galloway Council to investigate pre-existing routes in the Heathhall area operated by SWestrans, Stagecoach and Houston’s services.
A panoramic view of the proposed location of the Bus Stop at Heathhall Industrial Estate
A Boost For Local Businesses
Once approved, the new bus stop will serve both Heathhall’s residential area and the mixed-use business park.
With Heathhall industrial park becoming more and more the place to do business, it is disappointing that the public can’t access the site by public transport. It is important for our economic viability for locations like this to be readily accessible for trade. I am keen to support the owners in their efforts to get bus transport into the site.
Dumfries & Galloway Council
Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell said:
“I’m fully behind bus services being routed to the areas where there is a social need and, as in this case, a potential wider demand. Both Heathhall and Catherinefield Industrial Estates have expanded over the years into a significant business and employment hubs and improved public transport links would be a further enhancement.
“There appears to be existing bus services that could potentially be diverted to a new bus stop which, I understand, could be a relatively straightforward solution.
“At a time when there is concern nationally about a reduction in bus usage, every option should be explored to attract new passengers. It’s good for our roads and the environment.”
Oliver Mundell, MSP
MSP for Dumfriesshire
Local business owner, Linda Buckle, is the director of one of Heathhall Business Centre’s longest standing businesses; Solway Tile & DIY Centre. Linda added:
“Having a bus route stop on Heathhall Business Centre would help link the growing number of businesses on the estate with the town. It would be a great benefit for anyone who does not drive, be it customer or member of staff.”
Solway Tile & DIY Centre
Sign The Bus Stop Petition via change.org
We’d love you to support our campaign to get a much-needed bus stop at Heathhall and you can do this by signing our online petition on change.org (it only takes 30 seconds!).
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