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05 Aug 2015

  • Timetable revisions from Sunday 16th August in Aberdeenshire

Stagecoach North Scotland have announced revised timetables from Sunday 16th August in the Aberdeenshire area.

The August changes are a result of the successful bids for Aberdeenshire Council's tendered services. Stagecoach North Scotland submitted bids for Aberdeenshire contracts for proposed local bus services earlier this year and were successful in retaining their existing contracts as well as being awarded new contracts.

New contracts include the 41/41A which will replace the existing service 306, service 303 (Huntly - Aberchirder - Turriff) and service 420 to Kemnay will benefit from additional buses on this route.

From Monday 17th August, a new town service in Westhill will be launched (service 16) which follows on from a number of public consultations and will provide a vital link for areas of Westhill to connect with other Stagecoach services. The hourly town service will operate Monday to Friday from 0720 and from 0805 on Saturdays.

From the same date, the enhanced service X18 will serve Kingswells Park and Ride up to every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday. This service will connect to Union Square via Lang Stracht providing a vital link for commuters and businesses in the area. This service will also extend to Alford hourly Monday - Saturday.

Steve Walker, Managing Director Stagecoach North Scotland said: "As a result of the successful applications for tendered services from 16th August we have been able to re-evaluate our operations in the area. This allows us to increase the service frequency to Alford, increase the number of buses to Kemnay as well as introducing new services to Kingswells Park and Ride and a new Westhill town service. These changes are positive news for the communities and we hope that the improved services will encourage more people to try public transport for their journey, be it commuting to work or for leisure. Other timetable changes to various services are required to ensure efficient operations across Aberdeenshire, but these adjustments are minimal.

Summary of the main changes

  • New Westhill Town Service (Service 16)
  • New service to Kingswells Park and Ride (enhanced X18)
  • Alford - Aberdeen increased frequency to hourly (enhanced X18 replacing service 218)
  • Additional buses between Aberdeen and Kemnay (service X20 replaces 220)
  • Service 37 - one bus per hour will operate via School Road in Kintore instead of Hallforrest Avenue Mon - Sat by public request
  • Service 41/41A replaces existing service 306
  • Service 303 introduced (Huntly - Aberchirder - Turriff)

The new timetables come in to operation on Sunday 16th August and are available to download from now.