Timetable Thursday – Stagecoach on 74/75 and subsequent takeover of Strathtay with new look Tayway 73

In the run up to Scottish Bus Group privatisation late 1980s/early 1990s, Strathtay Manging Director Neil Renilson left for a similar role in Stagecoach, who sold their fledgling express network to National Express. After taking over several former NBC (National Bus Company) operators in England, a fleet of Leyland Nationals and Iveco minibuses were gathering rapid strength. At that time they had premises in Walnut Grove (later Inveralmond from 1990) and Spittalfield (former A&C McLennan).

The days of the Bus Wars had a; ready saw services from Perth to Letham ,  North Muirton, Moncrieffe, Tulloch, Scone, Hillend (the busy bits of the City network) plus then Pitcairngreen and Comrie – none of which were running on Sundays or using the bus station.

So no surprise when a registration was submitted with Tayway Serviced 74/75 to Carnoustie (Westhaven Park) and Monifieth (Broomhill Drive). There was initially no evening service (see timetable from 28th August 1989 at https://www.dropbox.com/s/sfa07j6ys84zqup/074%20075%20Stagecoach%20Carnoustie%20Monifieth%20Dundee%2028th%20August%201989.pdf?dl=0   ). A few extra days before the Monday start date, the company did then run a free service.

Initially using Leyland Nationals garaged at a new premises in Dundee 58 East Dock Street – i.e. sharing with Greyhound until they sold out, and it then was soley for their use. It is suggested the service was initially to be titled Tay Tiger, until the announcement of the Dundee Rockets ice hockey team being sponsored by Tayside Buses, now to be known as Tay Tigers. Additionally the service did not operate west of Dundee City Centre, where Strathtay 16 / 71 / 74 / 76 and Stagecoach 16 joint service had a ticket acceptance agreement. In November 1989 an additional service was introduced from Dundee Seagate (opposite Azad Video not the bus station) to/from Blairgowrie (from Spittalfield depot).

In January 1990 the service has expanded, now largely Iveco minibuses, with an expanded service to run 74 Arbroath half hourly, 75 Monifieth Ashludie Hospital and 75 Monifieth Broomhill Drive both half hourly, combining to provide 6 buses an hour from Monifieth with an evening service was introduced too. As Broomhill Drive was on the blinds only, a Ashludie Hospital paper windscreen notice being displayed where required.  Sadly that barely lasted a few months before a further change – 74 back to Carnoustie half hourly and Ashludie Hospital half hourly (no evening service but slightly different start/end from the start edition) from 30th April 1990 (see timetable at

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sfa07j6ys84zqup/074%20075%20Stagecoach%20Carnoustie%20Monifieth%20Dundee%2028th%20August%201989.pdf?dl=0  )

For the next couple of years, these continued until the 74 was withdrawn to make way in Dundee for Tayport minibus service 65 vs Moffat and Williamson 195, before 75 went too, and then 66 was replaced by St Andrews depot service 93.

So that was the last time Stagecoach were in Monifieth and Carnoustie, until the takeover of Traction Group’s Strathtay – who the 74/75 was competing with.  The first set of service changes saw 73 crew service Ninewells-being Carnoustie every 10 minutes, Arbroath, hourly – with the other parts of Monifieth covered by OPO services 13 and 77. Additionally the service was rerouted to additionally serve extra parts of south and north Carnoustie as options, but only the Newton Road/Tennis Road one operates now. The timetable did have a error or two on Sunday service from 13th August 2007, this one I think was the original as to shows hourly evening  to Montrose 39A former 40/40A) – see file at https://www.dropbox.com/s/i0vunqkki2afnqa/073%20073A%20073B%20-%20complete%20timetable%20February%202020%20scan%20SOME%20PARTS%20TO%20SCAN%20AGAIN%20February%202020.pdf?dl=0
There were many more

After a few months, a change was registered to re-include Easthaven, which its total omission later being later described as an oversight. Over the later years Monifieth (Dobbies, Ashludie and Broomhill) went back to be included too after 13 and 77 were removed from the town.

So come 2020 a variation was added to replace Grange Road service 75, as part of the 24th February 2020 timetable changes.  I scanned the booklet, which by then included route maps, at  https://www.dropbox.com/s/i0vunqkki2afnqa/073%20073A%20073B%20-%20complete%20timetable%20February%202020%20scan%20SOME%20PARTS%20TO%20SCAN%20AGAIN%20February%202020.pdf?dl=0

That stayed the same until Covid when 15 minute frequencies were introduced when the entire fleet went OPO in 2020  – although a business case pre-covid in 2018 or 2019 was rejected for the additional six buses to maintain the headway. The current timetable shows this alongside minor route and timetable changes in Barry from 10th January 2022 – see http://dundeebuses.info/000%202022%20Timetables/073%20073A%20073B%20Dundee%20Arbroath%2010th%20January%202022.pdf

Timetable Thursday – Stagecoach on 74/75 and subsequent takeover of Strathtay with new look Tayway 73

In the run up to Scottish Bus Group privatisation late 1980s/early 1990s, Strathtay Manging Director Neil Renilson left for a similar role in Stagecoach, who sold their fledgling express network to National Express. After taking over several former NBC (National Bus Company) operators in England, a fleet of Leyland Nationals and Iveco minibuses were gathering rapid strength. At that time they had premises in Walnut Grove (later Inveralmond from 1990) and Spittalfield (former A&C McLennan).

The days of the Bus Wars had a; ready saw services from Perth to Letham ,  North Muirton, Moncrieffe, Tulloch, Scone, Hillend (the busy bits of the City network) plus then Pitcairngreen and Comrie – none of which were running on Sundays or using the bus station.

So no surprise when a registration was submitted with Tayway Serviced 74/75 to Carnoustie (Westhaven Park) and Monifieth (Broomhill Drive). There was initially no evening service (see timetable from 28th August 1989 at https://www.dropbox.com/s/sfa07j6ys84zqup/074%20075%20Stagecoach%20Carnoustie%20Monifieth%20Dundee%2028th%20August%201989.pdf?dl=0   ). A few extra days before the Monday start date, the company did then run a free service.

Initially using Leyland Nationals garaged at a new premises in Dundee 58 East Dock Street – i.e. sharing with Greyhound until they sold out, and it then was soley for their use. It is suggested the service was initially to be titled Tay Tiger, until the announcement of the Dundee Rockets ice hockey team being sponsored by Tayside Buses, now to be known as Tay Tigers. Additionally the service did not operate west of Dundee City Centre, where Strathtay 16 / 71 / 74 / 76 and Stagecoach 16 joint service had a ticket acceptance agreement. In November 1989 an additional service was introduced from Dundee Seagate (opposite Azad Video not the bus station) to/from Blairgowrie (from Spittalfield depot).

In January 1990 the service has expanded, now largely Iveco minibuses, with an expanded service to run 74 Arbroath half hourly, 75 Monifieth Ashludie Hospital and 75 Monifieth Broomhill Drive both half hourly, combining to provide 6 buses an hour from Monifieth with an evening service was introduced too. As Broomhill Drive was on the blinds only, a Ashludie Hospital paper windscreen notice being displayed where required.  Sadly that barely lasted a few months before a further change – 74 back to Carnoustie half hourly and Ashludie Hospital half hourly (no evening service but slightly different start/end from the start edition) from 30th April 1990 (see timetable at

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sfa07j6ys84zqup/074%20075%20Stagecoach%20Carnoustie%20Monifieth%20Dundee%2028th%20August%201989.pdf?dl=0  )

For the next couple of years, these continued until the 74 was withdrawn to make way in Dundee for Tayport minibus service 65 vs Moffat and Williamson 195, before 75 went too, and then 66 was replaced by St Andrews depot service 93.

So that was the last time Stagecoach were in Monifieth and Carnoustie, until the takeover of Traction Group’s Strathtay – who the 74/75 was competing with.  The first set of service changes saw 73 crew service Ninewells-being Carnoustie every 10 minutes, Arbroath, hourly – with the other parts of Monifieth covered by OPO services 13 and 77. Additionally the service was rerouted to additionally serve extra parts of south and north Carnoustie as options, but only the Newton Road/Tennis Road one operates now. The timetable did have a error or two on Sunday service from 13th August 2007, this one I think was the original as to shows hourly evening  to Montrose 39A former 40/40A) – see file at https://www.dropbox.com/s/i0vunqkki2afnqa/073%20073A%20073B%20-%20complete%20timetable%20February%202020%20scan%20SOME%20PARTS%20TO%20SCAN%20AGAIN%20February%202020.pdf?dl=0
There were many more

After a few months, a change was registered to re-include Easthaven, which its total omission later being later described as an oversight. Over the later years Monifieth (Dobbies, Ashludie and Broomhill) went back to be included too after 13 and 77 were removed from the town.

So come 2020 a variation was added to replace Grange Road service 75, as part of the 24th February 2020 timetable changes.  I scanned the booklet, which by then included route maps, at  https://www.dropbox.com/s/i0vunqkki2afnqa/073%20073A%20073B%20-%20complete%20timetable%20February%202020%20scan%20SOME%20PARTS%20TO%20SCAN%20AGAIN%20February%202020.pdf?dl=0

That stayed the same until Covid when 15 minute frequencies were introduced when the entire fleet went OPO in 2020  – although a business case pre-covid in 2018 or 2019 was rejected for the additional six buses to maintain the headway. The current timetable shows this alongside minor route and timetable changes in Barry from 10th January 2022 – see http://dundeebuses.info/000%202022%20Timetables/073%20073A%20073B%20Dundee%20Arbroath%2010th%20January%202022.pdf

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