From Monday 18th April many bus passengers in Aberdeenshire and Moray will see changes to their services. The changes are being introduced to reflect changing levels of use by regular passengers and are intended to help make it even 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 18th April also mark the beginning of a trial connection funded by Aberdeenshire council which will see early morning and late night connections made between Peterhead and Fraserburgh to provide a service for shift workers in the area. Lack of public transport links has been cited as a barrier to employment in the area and it is hoped the connections will demonstrate the requirement for these journeys.
Steve Walker, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: "The company is always keen to hear feedback from our customers. Our overall aim is to provide a better, more efficient and more reliable package of services to our customers."
"We continue to work closely with the local authorities to provide the best possible service to meet the requirements of the local communities in both Aberdeenshire and Moray."
- Aberdeen - Inverness - minor timing revisions
- Aberdeen - Westhill - includes times to serve Kingswells Park and Ride when the new link road has been opened. The service will be reduced to every 12 minutes to allow extra journey time improving reliability across the route.
- Aberdeen - Westhill - Alford - minor timing revisions
- Aberdeen - Alford - timing revisions to two morning journeys to operate 5 minutes earlier.
- Insch - Alford - minor timing revisions due to service X20 changes.
- Inverurie Town Service - renumbered from service 222, Inverurie town service will see minor timing revisions
- Elgin - Forres - minor timing revisions with a change of route in Forres to provide a circular service in the town.
- Elgin Academy - service withdrawn from Kingston due to low passenger use, school journeys are unaffected.
- Aberdeen - Elgin - timetable altered to provide 3 buses per hour between Aberdeen and Oldmeldrum, with 2 per hour operating through to Elgin. Two buses per hour continue to serve ARI. Minor alterations to evening journeys Monday - Friday and to Saturday morning peak.
- Elgin - Dufftown - minor timing revisions
- Peterhead - Old Deer - two trips extended to Maud.
- Aberdeen - Fraserburgh - Retimed early morning journey from Fraserburgh following passenger feedback to allow connections to onward travel in Aberdeen.
- Fraserburgh - Peterhead - extension trial to connect with service 81 - funded by Aberdeenshire Council. These connections will allow early/late shift workers to commute by bus.
- Peterhead - Boddam - extension trial to connect with service 69 - funded by Aberdeenshire Council. These connections will allow early/late shift workers to commute by bus.
- Stonehaven - Banchory - minor timing revisions
- Banchory Town Service - revised timetable due to changes in the contract from Aberdeenshire Council.
- Macduff - Huntly - minor timing revisions
- Huntly - Turriff - minor timing revisions
- Aberchirder - Huntly - minor timing revisions
- Elgin - Inverness - minor timing revisions
Peterhead - Dyce - Helliport removed
All timetables from 18th April are now available online here.