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Stagecoach announced fare revisions across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray

By David Porter

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Local bus operator, Stagecoach, has announced plans to adjust tickets across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray from Sunday, March 7.

New zones will be introduced across Aberdeenshire and Moray making shorter local bus trips better value.

Extended NHS Discount will now include travel to Aberdeen from Ellon, Inverurie, Stonehaven and Banchory.

A new Flexi5 ticket – available only on the mobile app will mean users can buy fivee dayriders for the price of four and a new child ticket will be availabel for anyone aged five– 15 years old.

Travel advice from the Scottish Government remains to stay at home and only travel if your journey is essential.

Bus services have operated throughout the pandemic for those who require the bus to keep connected – key workers and essential shopping trips have been at the heart of the journeys being made by bus.

Stagecoach's new zone map
Stagecoach's new zone map

New zones will be introduced in Deeside, Mearns and Moray making bus trips more affordable for infrequent short journeys.

Stagecoach MD Peter Knight
Stagecoach MD Peter Knight

Commenting on the changes, Peter Knight managing director at Stagecoach Bluebird said: “Before the pandemic we spent a lot of time analysing changes in travel habits seeing an increase in online shopping and more demand for shorter local journeys.

"The changes we are making to our tickets in March will bring better value to the local communities who still rely on our services.

"I’m extremely proud that as part of this change we’ve been able to extend our NHS discount to Inverurie, Ellon, Stoneahven and Banchory as a small thank you for the fantastic work the NHS staff have done throughout the pandemic.”

The changes also include the introduction of a new flexible ticket offering better value to those using the bus less frequently.

The “Flexi5” ticket will be exclusively available on the Stagecoach mobile app and gives one free day travel in every five days.

The Flexi5 ticket gives the user five days of bus travel to use over one calendar month from the date of purchase.

From Sunday, March 7 child dayrider tickets will also be introduced across all zones as well as discounts for customers who subscribe to the monthly bus ticket “MegaRider Xtra”.

For all the details on the ticket changes please visit stagecoachbus.com.

Where to buy your ticket -

On bus – singles, returns, DayRiders, 7 day MegaRider

On the app – DayRiders, Flexi5, 7 day MegaRider

On the website - 7 day MegaRider, MegaRider Xtra, 28 day MegaRider

The new zone map is available fromhttps://tiscon-maps-stagecoachbus.s3.amazonaws.com/ZoneMaps/North%20Scotland/Bluebird%20Zone%20Map%20March%202021.pdf

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