TRANSPORT links could be massively improved in Cumnock and Doon Valley now that residents have a platform to voice their concerns.

East Ayrshire Council have launched a new survey that urges the community to share their thoughts on local bus services.

The questionnaire probes residents to answer if they think better scheduling should be introduced and when, along with what services could do with being revamped.

It comes after more than 600 people signed a petition to bring back a direct link service from Cumnock to Glasgow after feeling ‘stranded’ with limited public transport.

Those who don’t drive are forced to rely on bus services as Cumnock does not have an active train station.

Bus giant Stagecoach was slammed by residents who felt ‘they put profits above people’ when they axed the direct service to introduce ‘unreliable’ connections ‘that made life a nightmare.’

However the travel company insisted it would be ‘inappropriate’ to return the service due to a lack of demand.

Despite hundreds rushing to sign the petition Stagecoach insist they received limited official complaints and wouldn’t consider re-introducing the direct service unless they saw an influx of upset customers.

But now the council have been given the ability to control local bus services after the Transport Bill was passed in Scotland.

Now the council’s survey is asking members of the public if they would be interested in volunteering in a bid to enhance local transportation.