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Changes to bus services from Monday, March 30 across Aberdeenshire

By David Porter

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Stagecoach Bluebird has provided an update on further changes being made to its timetables in response to government advice on avoiding non-essential travel.

Further revised timetables will be in place from Monday, March 30 and are now available at stagecoachbus.com.

Timetables across the Stagecoach network are to be reduced for a second time from Monday.
Timetables across the Stagecoach network are to be reduced for a second time from Monday.

These temporary timetables ensure that critical routes are maintained and will operate across the region until further notice.

Following an analysis of the demand for bus services in the area at this time, the frequency of most services will be reduced but will still cater for essential shopping trips to be made.

Feedback received since Monday, March 23 has been used to develop the reduced timetables and will better cater for shift patterns of key workers who still rely on the bus to commute to work.

By example for Service 35 serving Turriff to Aberdeen and vice-versa, the city bound buses to Aberdeen have been reduced from 14 buses down to nine with the last bus leaving Turriff at 6.18pm and from Aberdeen to Turriff reduced from 15 down to nine, with the last at 9.30pm.

Managing director for Stagecoach Bluebird Peter Knight said: “We continue to play a crucial role in ensuring that key workers, such as NHS staff and the people vital to the food supply chain, can get into work.

“We have worked hard with our temporary timetables to ensure that we are continuing to serve critical routes.

"If our customers feel we haven’t got things quite right, then we’d really like to receive any comments through our dedicated feedback form which can be found at stagecoachbus.com.

“I’m extremely proud of the way in way our team across Aberdeenshire and Moray is pulling together to ensure that we can continue to deliver our services.

"They are key workers too and I would like to thank them for their continued support and resilience in these challenging times.”

In addition to enhanced cleaning regimes, Stagecoach has taken extensive action to protect the safety of its customers and staff with a number of additional measures in place.

Contactless payments are being encouraged wherever possible and social distancing guidelines are being displayed on buses.

Customers can stay up to date with all the latest news from Stagecoach on Twitter @StagecoachBBird or by signing up to their email mailing list.

Full details are available at stagecoachbus.com.

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