28 Jun 2016
From Monday 4th July bus passengers in Aberdeenshire and Moray will see changes to some of their services. The changes are being introduced to reflect changing levels of use by regular passengers and are intended to help make it easier to commute by bus.
Many of the timetable revisions are minor re-timings to ensure the timetables reflect the running times of services during peak and off-peak travel times.
The changes on 4th July mark the beginning of a route change on service X18 which will provide a new bus link to Broadshades and Hillside in Elrick and Westhill. Lack of public transport has been cited as a problem in these areas and it is hoped the connections will provide a direct link for residents to Aberdeen as well as Alford. The alteration to service X18 will serve areas previously covered by service 16 which is to be withdrawn from 4th July.
The 4th July will also mark the launch of summer service 501 connecting Deeside with Blairgowrie, the service will operate daily until 14th August 2016. Service 501 has been extended to offer day trips to Deeside from Blairgowrie which is welcome news to many of the businesses in the Deeside area.
Service 273 will be revised from 4th July providing a local connection to Macduff Medical Centre following the closure of Gardenstown Medical Centre. The practice will be served by 5 buses each day Monday to Friday and will provide a vital link to the centre for the community.
Steve Walker, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: "We always welcome feedback on our services and have been working closely with the community councils as well as local councillors in the area ahead of making alterations to our services in July. We hope the revision to the X18 route will make bus travel more accessible to residents in the Westhill and Elrick areas and will look forward to welcoming them aboard.
"We are delighted to be able to increase the journeys on service 501. Working with Stagecoach East Scotland, customers will now be able to visit all that Deeside has to offer after enjoying the journey over Glenshee from Blairgowrie. Various businesses in the Deeside area have shown their appreciation of the introduction of the service and we look forward to working with them in the future."
Welcoming the return of the summer “Heather Hopper Service”, Belinda Miller, Head of Economic Development and Protective Services at Aberdeenshire Council said “ I’m delighted to see that Stagecoach are not only reintroducing this seasonal service which links Deeside to Blairgowrie, but have doubled the number of return journeys on the route - this provides even greater opportunities for tourists to access our Deeside towns and recreational areas and improve footfall for businesses there during the important summer months.”
View the new timetables from 4th July.