35A bus service under threat

The 35A bus route set to be withdrawn and amendments to be made to the 35 timetable to 'to remove poorly used journeys' according to Stagecoach in their latest consultation.

Stagecoach is inviting customers across Aberdeenshire to provide feedback on new bus timetable proposals to commence 8th January 2018.

The local bus operator has continued to assess and review the network, looking at the punctuality, reliability and usage of the routes particularly during the busy morning and afternoon peak periods. The operator has also been looking at opportunities to improve the services and connections that are offered by the bus services using the feedback received from its customers.

The company is encouraging customers to have a look at the proposals and share their thoughts, whether in support of the revisions or by highlighting any concerns.

For Turriff and surrounding areas, the main point in the proposals is the amendment of the 35 timetable to ‘to remove poorly used journeys‘ and the total withdrawal of the 35A service. The proposals will also see some minor amendments to the 35 bus route in Elgin.

Service 35A is proposed to be withdrawn from 8th January due to low passenger use over a sustained period of time. Service 35 will continue to provide journey opportunities between Oldmeldrum and Aberdeen. You can view the proposed new timetable below.

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Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director, Stagecoach North Scotland said

Following constructive customer feedback in our March 2017 timetable consultation we have again released our plans for 2018 timetables ahead of finalising for registration.

We’re asking our customers and indeed prospective customers to let us know what they think, so we can take any comments on board before we finalise our plans.

The changes we have seen across the whole of Scotland with declining passenger numbers is linked to a range of issues, such as the decline in the economy and the cost of motoring, which is the biggest competitor to a bus service, also becoming relatively cheaper. The increase in online shopping, more attractive car finance deals and a wider range of flexible working patterns are all having an impact on our services. So we have had to consider some changes to reflect the current levels of usage, just like any other business.”

Customer feedback earlier this year was very helpful to us in making sure our services operated when and where people need them most. Our proposals are seeking to ensure that we operate reliably, as well as provide people with simpler and more direct journeys to their destinations to make sure that the bus provides an attractive option for people. There are a number of improvements that we are proposing and I am looking forward to seeing what our customers say about these proposals.

In addition, the company is holding consultation events in the area giving customers the opportunity to speak to local staff about the proposals. Events are planned to take place from 6th to 13th November throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

  • Monday 6th November – Aberdeen bus station, 3pm – 8pm
  • Tuesday 7th November – Inverurie Morrisons, 3pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday 8th November – Kingswells Park and Ride
  • Wednesday 8th November – Portlethen Asda, 3pm – 8pm
  • Thursday 9th November – Westhill Interchange, 6am – 8.30am
  • Thursday 9th November – Stonehaven Market Sq, 3pm – 8pm
  • Friday 10th November – Banchory Bellfield, 3pm – 8pm
  • Monday 13th November – Ellon Park and Ride, 7am – 11.30am

At the events customers will be able to pass on their feedback and gain answers to any questions regarding the proposals.

The proposed timetables and network maps are now available to view at stagecoachbus.com, all feedback is welcomed to nscotmarketing@stagecoachbus.com. All feedback received by 17th November will be considered ahead of plans being finalised.

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