Supported bus services being cut

A number of supported bus services in Fraserburgh are set to be withdrawn or reduced.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 1:20 pm
The money available for supported bus services has been reduced by £245,000

This comes after the money available for supported services was reduced by £245,000 when Aberdeenshire Council set its budget in mid-March.

The council’s transportation service is reducing those routes and services which provide least value for money, some costing as much as £20 per passenger journey.

A total of 15 services across Aberdeenshire will be affected, including six which serve Fraserburgh whent he chances are permanently introduced from May 31.

The 10.25pm service ( bus number 69) from St Combs to Fraserburgh on a Saturday is being withdrawn.

The 6.20pm, 6.50pm 9.15pm departures of the Fraserburgh Town Service (76/77) from Broad Street are being withdrawn on weekdays.

The Saturday services on the New Pitsligo to Fraserburgh Circular (270) and the Banff-Gardenstown-Fraserburgh route (273) will be withdrawn.

The Tuesday interpeak return journeys are being is withdrawn on the Fraserburgh to Inverurie service (452) and the Gardenstown to Fraserburgh service (473).

The council’s head of Transportation, Ewan Wallace, said: “We have tried to minimise the potential negative impacts for individuals and communities where possible, but would encourage anyone who feels they would be unduly affected to get in touch.

“These routes have been chosen pri marily because they are not being used as well as would be expected, to justify the money spent by the council to support them.

" We are currently conducting a review of the way the council supports all bus services across Aberdeenshire, to ensure that we are using the available money in the most effective way possible.”

Anyone who feels they would be significantly disadvantaged by any of the proposed changes is encouraged to seek assistance by emailing [email protected] or calling 01467 538138.

For full details of all the affected services/routes visit: http://publications.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/dataset/proposed-bus-service-revisions