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28 Dec 2016
From Monday 9th January 2017 bus passengers in Aberdeenshire and Moray will see some improvements to their bus services. Many of the changes are as a result of customer feedback either following revisions made in October or feedback that has been received at local public transport forums.
From the same date a brand new service will be introduced which will allow students and staff to access Inverness Campus direct from Nairn. Currently those travelling from Nairn to the college campus are required to change bus in Inverness city centre, but from Monday 9th January service 11U will operate directly to and from the campus from Nairn. The new service will be the fourth of its kind connecting direct to the college campus in addition to other services from Tomich on service 17A, Invergordon on service 25U and Inverness city centre using service 2U.
Some services within the Moray area will see minor timing revisions made - services affected are 10, 11/11A, 30, 36 and 38. Service 30 will be revised with the introduction of new journeys Monday - Saturday based on customer feedback received since the service was revised in October. Amendments will also be made to service 38 in response to customer feedback, this amendment will see a morning journey being re-timed to operate via the train station as well as Moray College to provide greater capacity on these popular journeys to Elgin.
Service 10 has been revised in a bid to improve reliability along the route. Over the past few months worsening congestion within Aberdeen, Elgin and Inverness has had an impact on this service and the revisions from 9th January aim to tackle the issues the service is experiencing due to traffic congestion.
Within Aberdeenshire services 420, X20 and 421 are to be revised from 9th January with various journeys on services 420 and X20 being extended to serve Monymusk as a result of feedback from the last bus users forum that was held in Kemnay. This extension aims to improved reliability for those travelling beyond Kemnay. As a result of the introduction of this extension some journeys have been re-timed to operate 15 minutes earlier.
Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: "It is great to be able to introduce another new connection to Inverness Campus this time from Nairn. We are keen to do all we can to make travelling by bus to the campus an attractive option.
Many of our customers comment on the delays that they experience and many of these are caused by congestion around the towns and cities that we serve. Congestion is our biggest day to day challenge and we know that the delays caused to our customers as a result cause an inconvenience.
We will continue to work closely with the local authorities and regional transport partnerships in a bid to improve the ongoing challenges we are experiencing with congestion in Aberdeen, Elgin and Inverness. Any support and action to address the worsening congestion will be most welcome."