Stagecoach North Scotland today announced details of their finalised plans for timetables in Aberdeenshire and Moray following their public consultation in September 2018.
Over 200 comments were received during the consultation and as a result of an extended period of updating the timetables based on the feedback received, the start date for the new timetables is now Monday 19th November 2018.
The local bus operator held a series of events in Peterhead, Ellon, Fraserburgh and Elgin to discuss the plans with local communities as well as sharing the proposals online with the ability to provide feedback digitally for anyone unable to attend one of the events.
The original proposals included -
Increased frequency from Ellon Park and Ride to Aberdeen.
Improved Sunday frequency from Peterhead to Aberdeen with departures up to every 30 minutes.
Services 54 and 62 in Ellon will combine to become new 54/54X/N54 services.
Revisions to timetables in Aberdeen city to improve punctuality on service 14 (Kingswells), X17 (Westhill) and 37/X37 (Inverurie). New Sunday services for service 14 and 15A in Aberdeen.
Additional service 10 journey introduced from Huntly to address capacity issues in the morning peak to Aberdeen.
Additional service 35 journey introduced Monday – Friday from Aberdeen in the PM peak.
Deveron Community and Sports Centre near Banff Academy introduced to some service 35 journeys.
A number of amendments have been made to the proposals as a direct result of the customer feedback received, these updates include –
Service 14 – Revised journey times with more journeys serving Union Square.
X17 – Revised journey times Monday – Friday, minor route revision for journeys serving Prime Four Business Park to address traffic concerns. The minor route revision will not have an impact on any stops being served in Prime Four Business Park.
37/X37 – Revised journey times Monday – Friday, some evening journeys retimed to even the gaps between buses operating from Inverurie to Aberdeen in the evenings.
Deeside – The 0551 proposed Lumphanan – Aberdeen journey will now depart at 0546 and will serve Hill of Banchory at 0626. The 0505 journey from Ballater will now arrive in Aberdeen at 0649 to cater for commuters. 1215 and 1415 journeys between Aberdeen and Lumphanan will only operate as far as Banchory.
Service 50 – Additional journeys added to operate between Ellon and Newburgh.
Service 54/54A/X54 – Most journeys will now serve Foveran, in addition to service 67.
Service 60/X60/61/63 – Journey times between Aberdeen and Balmedie have been revised.
Service 67/68/X67/X68 – Foveran will be served approximately every hour with peak commuter journeys added at 0611, 0701 and 0831.
Service 81 – The 0711 service will be revised to operate at 0700.
Service 290/291/292/293 – The 1940 from Methlick to Aberdeen will now depart at 1840 and the 1940 from Methlick to Fyvie will no longer operate.
Service 10 – The 2300 journey from Aberdeen Monday – Saturday will now operate at 2320 and will operate as far as Insch. The 2000 journey from Inverness will now depart at 2015 to provide a connection from the 2004 LNER train arrival at Inverness.
Service 33A/33C – Most journeys revised to provide connections from Pinefield to local facilities in New Elgin.
Service 34 – Additional journeys added at 0825 and 1735 from Elgin Monday – Friday with 3 additional journeys on Saturdays at 0810, 0910 and 1715.
Service 35 – The 1745 journey from Aberdeen will extend to Whitehills. The 2205 journey from Aberdeen will now depart at 2215 and will serve His Majesty’s Theatre. The 2335 journey will also operate via His Majestys Theatre. The 2320 journey from Elgin will now extend to Portknockie.
Service 257/258 – This service will be curtailed to only operate the school journeys. Customers should contact Aberdeenshire Council regarding arrangements relating to local journeys in Turriff.
As part of the proposals a brand new service 747 was also proposed offering a new link across Aberdeenshire and Angus as a result of the AWPR. The service received extremely positive feedback from communities in Stonehaven, Montrose, Kingswells and Ellon during the public consultation with the direct connections to Aberdeen Airport being extremely welcome news. Unfortunately the lack of clarity regarding an opening date for the AWPR means that the brand new service 747 will not begin operation on 19th November 2018. The start date for this service will be confirmed in due course once an opening date has been confirmed and the official service registration process is completed.
David Liston, Managing Director, Stagecoach North Scotland said: “We are thrilled with the level of feedback we have received on our plans for the bus network in Aberdeenshire and Moray. Giving our valued customers the opportunity to help shape the timetables is an extremely important part of designing our network and I’m delighted that we have been able to revise our proposals based on some of these suggestions.
"We are also progressing with our preparatory work for the introduction of our brand new service 747, despite the start date for this new service now being unclear. We will continue to work with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council to gain some clarity on when the road will be opened to traffic allowing us to introduce a sustainable travel solution to the long-awaited AWPR. We hope to be able to operate the service as soon after the opening as possible.”
Final timetables for the 19th November will be available to download online from 29th October and printed copies available in travel shops in Aberdeen, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Elgin and Inverness from 5th November 2018.