Consultation on new bus timetable held

Timestables at a Banchory stop
Timestables at a Banchory stop

Bus giant Stagecoach has conducted a consultation on proposed timetable changes across Deeside due to come into effect in October.

Held yesterday (Wednesday) at Bellfield car park, Banchory, bus users were able to raise any questions regarding the proposed schedules with employees of the company.

The changes will see reductions in some services, increases in others and the launch of a new service.

Some of the highlights of the changes include daytime and Saturday timetable frequency reduced to every 30 minutes between Aberdeen and Banchory, a new morning commuter journey from Braemar to Aberdeen leaving at 0620 Monday to Friday, additional journeys from Aboyne to Aberdeen during the weekday morning peak and a new Sunday service from Lumphanan to Aberdeen.

Steve Walker, managing director, Stagecoach North Scotland, said: “Our monitoring has shown that some of the routes in this area have been suffering with reliability problems and we know our customers value journey reliability above all else, so it’s important we get these changes right.

“Our commercial team have put together proposed timetables which we believe will combat some highlighted problems and add journeys where requested, all within a realistic level of service provision relative to the demand we see in certain areas.

“It’s always difficult to please everyone with network changes such as this, so we want to be able to explain the proposed changes and the benefits it can bring to certain areas, particularly where poor reliability has been evident - we hope the events will be well attended by bus passengers.”

Stagecoach have introduced a number of new developments in Deeside this year including a new open top bus route linking Ballater, Braemar and Loch Muick.

A new bus route to Perthshire via Glenshee was also introduced from early July on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council which acts as an extension to route 201 serving Aberdeen, Banchory, Ballater, Braemar, Spittal of Glenshee and Blairgowrie and return..

The company declared a profit of £218 million for the for the year to April 30 2013, up from £202.5 million a year earlier.