On 27 March 2009, bus services in the Western Isles will undergo a number of changes. This is the result of a tendering exercise. Like the schools debacle, this process has been conducted in a way which has left many people less than happy. So much so, that the tendering has had to be extended for a number of routes, and arrangements having to be put in place to ensure continuity of service on the Point route - a renewed tender has had to be issued for this route. More on this shambles on Hebrides News. That site is also the source for the following information on changes on routes and operators in Lewis.
West Side Circular (Stornoway - Callanish - Carloway - Shawbost - Barvas - Stornoway and vice versa) will be taken over by Maclennan's Coaches
North Lochs (Ranish) will be tied into the out-of-town route to Newvalley, with buses going via the Cearns, Laxdale and Newvalley to Marybank, from where the Lochs road (A859) will be rejoined. Operator: Grahams
Melbost and the airport will be served by the Point buses, whoever these are operated by.
South Lochs will be taken over by Peter Maclennan
Town Circular will be abolished.
Last week, the Scottish Government threw out the Comhairle's school closure plan as incompetent.
I'll go so far as to say that this bus tendering exercise can be described in similar terms.