Bus timetable criticism in Kemnay

Concern has been raised over the impact on Kemnay residents of bus timetable changes being considered by Stagecoach.

Thursday, 16th March 2017, 3:03 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:08 am
Stagecoach has been asking for feedback on the proposed changes

The company has been consulting passengers across Aberdeenshire on the proposals, planned to start on May 1.

Richard Openshaw, who lives in Kemnay and is a bus user, said that under the plans, the X20 service, which travels to Aberdeen from Alford and Kemnay, will now stop in both Kintore and Blackburn.

He told the Herald: “The proposed changes to the X20 timetable will have a negative impact on those travelling from Kemnay. “I recognise that they have been brought on by the reduction of the 37 service which currently serves Kintore and Blackburn and so maintains the service for residents of those two communities.”

He is asking Aberdeenshire Council to amend its tendered 420 service, which also serves Kemnay and currently stops in Blackburn.Blackburn was added to the 420 route following concerns among residents that there was no service to the Kittybrewster and Berryden areas of Aberdeen.

Mr Openshaw, who has contacted Stagecoach to register his concern, said: “With the proposal for the X20 to include Blackburn, the original reason for this stop will no longer apply and removing it would ensure that some direct services between Kemnay and Aberdeen remain.”

The deadline for comments on the new timetables was last Friday.

A spokesperson for Stagecoach North Scotland said: “We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the consultation and provided feedback on our proposals for May.

“Our proposals are designed to improve reliability in the face of growing congestion and better matching our resources to demand to ensure a stable network over the longer term.

“Our public consultation ended on Friday, March 10, we are continuing to review the feedback before finalising our plans. We will announce our final plans for May in due course.”

The proposed timetables are available to view online at www.stagecoachbus.com