A DUNFERMLINE MSP has driven concerns over bus services in the city to the Scottish Government's Transport Minister.

Shirley-Anne Somerville met Fiona Hyslop MSP at Holyrood last week to raise complaints from her constituents about the lack of efficient and reliable services across West Fife.

Residents in the Baldridgeburn area responded to a survey out by the politician and some said they were unable to get to work on time or visit relatives due to bus reliability issues and timetable gaps.

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Following this, people in other parts of the constituency – including Kingseat, Saline and Culross – have since raised similar concerns.

Ms Somerville said she was left "encouraged" by the meeting and has now called on Fife Council to think more creatively to improve local bus services.

"I really appreciate the Minister taking time to meet with me and I am grateful for her commitment to addressing my constituents' concerns," she said.

"She made it clear that Fife Council already receives funding from the Scottish Government to support bus services and it is crucial they use this effectively.

"It is now imperative we see the local authority take proactive steps to try and resolve the issues being faced by residents.

"Fife Council recently identified several key themes for developing their vision for the city of Dunfermline.

"One of these was ‘Making Better Connections,’ which called for improved transport links across Dunfermline.

"I hope they will be keen to work with me to look at examples of good practice elsewhere and consider innovative solutions that could improve bus services for local people."

Fife Council Service manager Tony McRae has previously told the Press that efforts are being made to make improvements to bus services in the area.

He said they were discussing how the service 84 timetable can be improved with Stagecoach with different options currently under consideration.

He added: “We’re also checking with them to see if there is any possibility of including Baldridgeburn within the evening and Sunday network.”