Stagecoach Invites Customers to Feedback on Proposed Timetable Changes

By bellmannews / June 21, 2023
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From Stagecoach Bluebird

Stagecoach Bluebird invites customers to give feedback on proposed changes to timetables for services between Aberdeen and Stonehaven, including Portlethen, Newtonhill and Chapelton.

  • Stagecoach local consultation event will be held at Stonehaven Town Hall from 7-9pm on Wednesday June 28th .
  • Listening to customer feedback, plans to introduce a new Service X6, connecting Stonehaven with Portlethen Shopping Centre, Cove and Aberdeen up to every hour.
  • Proposed revisions to timetables of services 7 and 7B to improve punctuality.
  • Proposed improvements for services to Newtonhill Park & Choose, including later journeys.

For a number of years, public feedback received during consultation has shaped the local bus network, offering better connections for the local communities to the places that matter most to them.

The proposals come following an extensive review of the network and travel patterns. Bus services are vital for connecting communities to jobs, education and leisure opportunities. The proposed changes aim to reflect the level of customer demand in different areas and ensure that the network can operate sustainably.

Many of the proposals are a direct result of feedback received from customers and the wider community. This includes the planned introduction of new service X6. This hourly service would restore the connection between Stonehaven and Portlethen Shopping Centre, whilst improving access to employment areas such as Gateway Business Park and Altens Industrial Estate. Service X6 would also serve the busy residential area of Cove, providing new travel opportunities to the South of the city.

Stagecoach plans to introduce the new timetables in August 2023, once feedback from customers has been gathered and final adjustments have been made.

Daniel Laird, Commercial Director for Stagecoach Bluebird said: “We invite customers to give their feedback about our planned revisions to the Stonehaven corridor bus network. Everything we have planned is to best use our fleet of buses to meet the travel habits in the area as well as improving the punctuality of the services. We continue to invest in our people and in our fleet so that we can deliver improved services to our customers.”

Feedback can be submitted via email to bluebird.consultations@stagecoach.com (before Thursday 6th July) or in person at the consultation events scheduled to be held at Stonehaven Town Hall on June 28th from 7pm – 9pm and Union Square Bus Station on June 28th from 7am – 9am and 4pm – 6pm.

Full details of the proposed changes, including draft timetables can be found here:

https://www.stagecoachbus.com/service-updates/serviceupdatesarticle?SituationId=ID-20/06/2023-11:14:18:918

Full details of Stonehaven corridor changes are as follows:

Service X6

This new service will operate with an hourly frequency, connecting Stonehaven with Newtonhill Park & Choose, Portlethen Shopping Centre, Gateway Business Park, Cove, Wellington Road and Aberdeen city centre. Additionally, journeys at peak times will also serve Altens Industrial Estate. The timetable for this service has been designed to cater for shift workers at various employment centres, including the McIntosh Donald meat processing site.

Service X7

The hourly service between Aberdeen, Stonehaven and Perth will continue as presently. Shorter journeys currently operated between Aberdeen and Stonehaven will be replaced by service X6 (see above).

Service 7/7A/7B

Services 7 and 7B will see a revised timetable which will improve punctuality and offer a consistent experience to customers, following extensive analysis of traffic patterns on the route. The services will continue to offer convenient connections toPortlethen, Newtonhill, Chapelton and Stonehaven.

Customers will benefit from additional eveningjourneys to Newtonhill Park and Choose, providing better connections to Aberdeen city centre.

Service 7A journeys which currently serve Altens Industrial Estate will be replaced by equivalent journeys on services X6 and 7B.

How to give feedback

In Person: Wednesday 28th June, Stonehaven Town Hall 19:00 – 21:00

Wednesday 28th June, Union Square Bus Station 07:00 – 09:00 and 16:00 – 18:00

Via Email: bluebird.consultations@stagecoach.com (before Thursday 6th July).