Aberdeenshire timetable changes from 21st August

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From Stagecoach Bluebird

Stagecoach Confirms Changes to Bus Services Across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire

  • Over 300 comments received during customer consultation
  • Proposals reflect changes to customer demand following the pandemic.
  • Key adjustments made to initial proposals thanks to feedback from customers and stakeholders
  • Some services will no longer be operated by Stagecoach following changes to Aberdeenshire Council contracts.

Stagecoach Bluebird has confirmed the revised network of services which will operate across the North East from 21st August 2023. The announcement follows an in-depth review of customer travel patterns, as well as a consultation exercise with customers which has helped shape the final timetables.

Services across the Aberdeenshire will be revised, including in areas such as Deeside, Buchan, Stonehaven and Portlethen. Services in Moray will also see changes, including services 10 and 35, which link Aberdeen, Elgin, Macduff and Inverness.

Most of the changes are in response to changes to travel patterns across the region, especially on key routes linking towns across the region with Aberdeen. Additionally, there will be changes to certain services operated under contract to Aberdeenshire Council, with new operators taking on a number of routes.

The recent consultation exercise has provided valuable insight and feedback from customers, which has been used to make adjustments to the final timetables. Over 300 comments were received during the consultation process, which took place online and at in-person events. Notable changes to the original proposals include the continuation of services to Torphins, following feedback from customers. Furthermore, changes to service 9 and X20 are a direct result of customer comments received during the consultation.

Daniel Laird, Commercial Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: “We are incredibly grateful for the feedback received during the consultation process. Everything we have planned is to best use our fleet of buses to meet the travel habits in the region as well as improving the punctuality of the services. We will continue to monitor the performance of this new network, especially once the long-awaited bus priority measures in Aberdeen city centre come into effect later this year”

Full details of the confirmed plans, including timetables, can be found here.



Service X7 Stonehaven – Aberdeen

An hourly service from Barclay Street to the city will continue to operate, supplemented by new service X8 (see below).

Service X8 Stonehaven – Portlethen ASDA – Cove – Aberdeen

This new service replaces some of the short journeys between Stonehaven and Aberdeen on service X7. Following extensive feedback from the local community, this fast service will operate hourly from Stonehaven via Newtonhill Park & Choose, Portlethen ASDA, Schoolhill, Cove and Wellington Road to Aberdeen Union Square. Key employment sites at Gateway Business Park and Altens Industrial Estate will also be served. 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 7/7B/7S Stonehaven – Newtonhill/Chapelton – Portlethen – Aberdeen

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 to Portlethen, Newtonhill and Chapelton.

Customers will benefit from additional evening journeys 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 X8 and 7B.

Following customer feedback during the consultation, additional journeys have been added to serve Berrymuir Road in Portlethen.

Service 8A/8C Stonehaven Town Service

Additional morning journeys have been introduced on weekdays and Saturday mornings to allow customers to connect to Aberdeen services at Barclay Street, Stonehaven.

Service 26 Stonehaven – Laurencekirk

This service will now be operated by Smith & Son Coaches following changes to Aberdeenshire Council contracts.