Calls to reinstate 325 bus route via Dyce

North-east MSP Mark McDonald and local councillor, Martin Ford, have both acted upon the pleas of residents to reinstate the 325 bus service to its original route via ASDA and Dyce Health Centre.

Since the change of route, the bus travels through Dyce via Victoria Street instead of to Dyce ASDA, which is near the Health Centre in Altonrae Gardens.

Mr McDonald and Mr Ford have both written to Stagecoach Managing Director, Andrew Jarvis asking that the old route be reinstated.

Commenting, Mr McDonald said: “I have written to Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director at Stagecoach Bluebird to advise him of the challenges my constituents face with the review of this service. It is essential that public transport is available for patients to get to the health centre in Dyce, and this service must be reinstated as soon as possible.

“I urge Stagecoach to review this decision in order that a transport link is in place for those needing access to local healthcare”.

The residents of Newmachar also have local councillor Martin Ford on their side.

Cllr Ford first wrote to Stagecoach Bluebird in October asking the company to reconsider its decision to cease running buses via Dyce Asda.

The bus stop at Asda is very close to Dyce Health Centre in Altonrae Gardens so many Newmachar residents used the buses via Asda to visit their doctor and dentist.

The change in bus routing in Dyce was discussed at the October meeting of New Machar Community Council, and again at last week’s meeting. On both occasions, concerned residents were in attendance. At the November meeting, Mr William Manius, operations director with Stagecoach Bluebird, also attended, at the Community Council’s request.

As well as individual letters of complaint to Stagecoach Bluebird, a petition has been signed by nearly 240 people unhappy at the route change.

Stagecoach Bluebird have now said they will review the requests received for buses via Dyce Asda and look at use patterns.

Meanwhile, Cllr Ford has written again to Stagecoach Bluebird managing director Andrew Jarvis.

In his letter to Mr Jarvis, Cllr Ford says: “Taking all the representations made into account, I hope Stagecoach Bluebird will agree to find a way to again provide direct bus services for Newmachar residents to and from Dyce Asda shopping centre.”

Commenting, Cllr Ford said: “The buses via Asda provided an important service for Newmachar residents needing to access health and other facilities.”

Cllr Ford has also written to Bains Coaches who operate a limited service between Oldmeldrum, Newmachar and Aberdeen to see if they will route some of their buses via Dyce ASDA.