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21 Jul 2016

Stagecoach North Scotland have partnered up with Aberdeenshire Council to restore public transport connections from Park and Drumoak to the remainder of Deeside and Aberdeen during essential repair work. 

Rob Roy Bridge, Culter will undergo the first of its planned closures between 1900 on Friday 22nd July 2016 until 0600 on Saturday 23rd July 2016 due to vital repair work. 

As a result, Stagecoach services 201 and 202 will be required to divert via the B9077 and South Deeside Road, meaning Park and Drumoak will be unable to be serviced by bus for the duration of the closure.

From Friday 22nd July, a shuttle service will operate between Crathes Castle and Drum Garden Centre and the return. The shuttle connections will join the mainline service 201 and 202 on their diversion route which will allow passengers travelling from Park and Drumoak to connect to Braemar, Ballater, Aboyne, Banchory and Aberdeen.

Steve Walker, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: "The Rob Roy Bridge works are essential and it is fantastic to see the local authority minimising disruption with only overnight closures. We are happy to support  maintenance work, especially at a location which forms an essential part of our Deeside bus routes."

"We are pleased that we are able to partner with Aberdeenshire Council to provide this shuttle service for Drumoak and Park during the closure to minimise the impact that this will have on the communities." 

Aberdeenshire Council's Head of Transportation Ewan Wallace said: "It is important that bus users are not significantly inconvenienced by this bridge closure, hence the Councils financial contribution to the shuttle service provided by Stagecoach North Scotland. Aberdeenshire Council always works in partnership with passenger transport operators to try to minimise the effect of road and bridge closures wherever possible".

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