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12 Apr 2021
Local bus operator, Stagecoach, has today announced plans to increase services across Aberdeen city, Aberdeenshire and Moray from Monday 19th April 2021.
Popular services such as service 10 Aberdeen - Elgin - Inverness, service 35 Aberdeen – Banff – Elgin and the Buchan services connecting Peterhead and Fraserburgh with Aberdeen are all set to welcome more journeys from 19th April.
From the same date, Service X17 connecting Aberdeen city with Prime4 Business Park, Kingswells P&R and Westhill will be replaced with services 4, 5 and 6. This change formed part of the public consultation held by Stagecoach in February 2020, but the introduction of the revised service was postponed due to the impact of the pandemic. Customers across the route will benefit from direct access to the city as well as journeys up to every 10 minutes from Kingswells P&R. Residents in the expanding Countesswells development continue to welcome frequent services to the city after the service was upgraded earlier this year from the previous shuttle to Kingswells P&R.
In Moray, many of the local services connecting to Elgin are set to increase from Monday 19th April. Following feedback from customers, Stagecoach will also be reintroducing a ticket valid for travel on any of their buses across Elgin. The Elgin zone will cost £3.50 day, £9 7-day or £35 for a 28-day ticket. The zone will also be available on the Flexi5 ticket on the Stagecoach app. Flexi 5 is a flexible ticket for infrequent travellers offering 5 day tickets for the price of 4 to use over a calendar month.
Peter Knight, managing director at Stagecoach Bluebird said: “We’re looking forward to increasing the number of local bus connections from next week. Our fantastic team have kept services operating right through the pandemic with social distancing on board and additional touch point cleaning taking place. This will remain the case from the 19th April for those who need to use our services.”
“As the vaccination programme continues at pace and as more of the country starts to open up in line with the latest advice from the Scottish Government, we’d like to thank our customers for their support and co-operation over the past year.”
In line with the advice from the country’s health advisors, when travelling on public transport everyone should continue to follow the rules around wearing face coverings for the full duration of the journey, washing/sanitising hands before and after travel and maintaining social distancing.
Other Covid-19 secure measures put in place by Stagecoach include the Busy Bus feature on the free Stagecoach app helping customers travel at quieter times, contactless payment facilities on board every bus and regular touchpoint cleaning.
Full timetables from Monday 19th April are available to download now.