Bus services across the North-east could be axed as council chiefs attempt to save £200,000 a year.
Aberdeenshire Council provides funding towards some of the region’s bus services, but agreed earlier this year to reduce its transport subsidy budget.
Council chiefs apologised for the shake-up, but stressed the 10 routes – which could be withdrawn or reduced – had been selected due to a drop in passenger numbers.
Stagecoach is now in talks with Aberdeenshire Council about the proposed changes, which are expected to start on May 7.
Funding could be pulled from eight routes – including the peak-time 220 Kirkton of Skene/Elrick to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, 103 Cookney-Aberdeen and 252 New Deer-Mintlaw-Fraserburgh services, which run Monday to Friday.
The two routes earmarked for a reduction are the 204 Strachan/Banchory-Aberdeen – with inter-peak return journey withdrawn but weekday peak return retained – and the 41A Inverurie-Huntly.
Source:: Evening Express – All articles