Early bird bus service launched

A new early-bird bus service has been launched for Buchan commuters.

The initiative has been set up by Aberdeenshire Council, Job Centre Plus and recruitment company Industrious, with the aim of helping workers to get from Peterhead to Fraserburgh before the usual public bus service gets underway each morning.

The service started on Monday, October 29, and will run before 6am every weekday.

The decision to set up the service came when potential employees said they were unable to make the Peterhead to Fraserburgh journey due to not having their own transport.

The new bus route means workers from outside Fraserburgh should arrive in the town for a 6am start.

The service, which is being provided by Stagecoach, includes a number of pick-up points along the way. It is thought the new bus route will run on a trial basis for at least six months.

Commenting, senior contract manager Mark Hughes said: “This is a really positive move by Aberdeenshire Council which will open up new opportunities for work in Fraserburgh for Peterhead residents.

“Jobcentre Plus should be commended for helping to drive this initiative.

“This helps people who don’t have their own transport. Before, people weren’t always able to get to work for shifts that started at 6am. This will give people much more flexibility.”

Employer and Partnership Manager Anne Kain commented: “We’re pleased to be working in partnership with employers, the local council and the Employability Partnership to help jobseekers take up these opportunities.

“It’s a great example of how we can work together to support people back to work.”