11 Oct 2016
From Monday 24th October bus passengers in Moray will see changes to their bus services.
The upcoming service revisions are being introduced to improve connections across Elgin city as well as bus connections to surrounding towns.
Services 31 and 33 have been restructured within the city in a bid to improved reliability for passengers travelling between Elgin and Lossiemouth. This restructure will give passengers better access to Springfield Retail Park as well as various residential areas on service 31.
Service 31 will no longer serve Forres and will instead be a dedicated town service in Elgin. Service 36 will see the additional connection to Forres meaning passengers will be able to choose from services 10, 11 and 36 to make the journey between Elgin and Forres.
Elgin to Lossiemouth Service 33 will no longer serve the Pinefield/Manitoba areas of Elgin and will terminate at the bus station from 24th October, these areas of Elgin will instead be served by service 31. Passengers will be able to connect at the bus station in Elgin should they wish to make the cross-city connection from Lossiemouth to Pinefield/Manitoba.
The existing Buckie town service will welcome an extension to Elgin from 24th October. The extension will also serve Arradoul, Fochabers and Lhanbryde. This will allow residential areas of Buckie to be connected to Elgin who would have previously had to connect with service 35. As a result of the improvements to service 38, service 35 between Elgin and Banff will reduce in frequency to an hourly service.
From the same date, a brand new ticket zone will be introduced in Elgin. The new zone will be valid for travel on all Stagecoach services within Elgin city with weekly travel for just £7.00. Surrounding towns that previously were included in the 'Elgin City' ticket zone (Lhanbryde, Lossiemouth, Burghead and Alves) will be in the 'Elgin City Plus' ticket zone from 24th October - fares will remain the same for these towns.
Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: "Our overall aim is to provide a better, more efficient and more reliable package of services to our customers. The changes we are making to our services in Elgin and the surrounding area are a perfect example of this. Providing more affordable bus travel in our brand new Elgin City zone will give more people reason to try the bus for their journey. Passengers can also now track their bus live using the Stagecoach app so there really hasn't ever been a better time to try bus travel in Elgin."
Ahead of the service change, Stagecoach will be at the Elgin Farmers Market on Saturday 15th October with full details of the network revision available as well as the chance to win free travel in the brand new Elgin ticket zones.
All timetables from 24th October are now available online and can be viewed below: