Supported bus services being cut

A number of supported bus services in Peterhead and the surrounding area are set to be withdrawn or reduced.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 11:31 am
Updated Friday, 9th April 2021, 11:36 am
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.

However, factors within the catchment area of each service were also taken into account, such as the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) ranking, car ownership levels, and the percentage of population with restricted mobility.

A total of 15 services across Aberdeenshire will be affected, including three which serve Peterhead when the changes are permanently introduced from May 31.

On the 66/66A Stuartfield - Mintlaw - Peterhead route the 6.25pm and 8.15pm services from Peterhead and the 7.02pm service from Stuartfield on week days are withdrawn, while the 4.42pm and 7.02pm services on Saturdays are withdrawn.

The peak and interpeak service on the 747 Peterhead - Ellon - Airport route will be withdrawn on week days.

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 primarily 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-revision s