IMPROVED BUS SERVICES FOR COMMUNITIES IN ABERDEENSHIRE AND MORAY

Stagecoach Bluebird have announced:
·        Oldmeldrum – Aberdeen now up to every 15 mins
·        Introduction of Service 35A will bring connections to Berryden

Alterations to bus services within Aberdeenshire and Moray will see an increase in journey frequency for various communities.

From Monday 20th April many bus passengers in Aberdeenshire will see improvements 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.

Steve Walker, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: “Due to continual route monitoring  and comments received about our routes, the changes from 20th April will be welcomed by many of our passengers. The company is always keen to hear the views of all local residents and these changes are an example of how this can help improve frequency as well as reliability. Our overall aim is to provide a better, more efficient and more reliable package of services to our customers.”

Service 35 will increase in frequency between Oldmeldrum and Aberdeen up to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday. Following consultation with community councils in Oldmeldrum and Newmachar it was established there is a significant demand to increase the frequency of the popular Service 35. This will increase the service up to every 15 minutes off-peak, and every 20 minutes at peak times. The introduction of Service 35A, between Oldmeldrum and Aberdeen will operate via Great Northern Road and Berryden and serve Union Terrace while Service 35 will continue to serve ARI.

Oldmeldrum and Mid-Formartine Councillor Paul Johnston said: “The more frequent services on A947 between Oldmeldrum and Aberdeen will be the best service there has ever been.  It will be a big boost for bus travel”.

Paul said “Stagecoach should be congratulated for listening to local voices especially regarding providing services both via ARI and via Berryden and Union Terrace.

“The service frequency from Oldmeldrum, will double making it very convenient to take the bus and let it take the strain out of commuting.”

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