Bluebird Timetable Consultation September 2018

Bluebird Timetable Consultation
September 2018

We want to hear from you! Customers across Aberdeenshire and Moray now have the opportunity to provide feedback on new bus timetable proposals planned to commence on Monday 12th November 2018.

These proposals include revisions to services to increase capacity on popular journeys as well as changes that are designed to improve journey times for customers. The vast majority of the changes are in preparation of the full opening of the £745million infrastructure investment, the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).

The proposed timetables for bus services in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray are all available online now at stagecoachbus.com. Stagecoach is encouraging customers to review the proposals and provide feedback through a series of consultation events taking place until Friday 21st September 2018.

The proposals include –

  • New service 747 introducing airport connections from Peterhead, Cruden Bay, Ellon, Kingswells, Stonehaven and Montrose.
  • Increased frequency from Ellon Park and Ride to Aberdeen.
  • Improved Sunday frequency from Peterhead to Aberdeen with departures up to every 30 minutes.
  • Services 54 and 62 in Ellon will combine to become new 54/54X/N54 services.
  • Revisions to timetables in Aberdeen city to improve punctuality on service 14 (Kingswells), X17 (Westhill) and 37/X37 (Inverurie).
  • New Sunday services for service 14 and 15A in Aberdeen.
  • Additional service 10 journey introduced from Huntly to address capacity issues in the morning peak to Aberdeen.
  • Additional service 35 journey introduced Monday – Friday from Aberdeen in the PM peak.
  • Deveron Community and Sports Centre near Banff Academy introduced to some service 35 journeys.

As part of the proposals a brand new service 747 will be introduced offering a new link across Aberdeenshire and Angus as a result of the AWPR. Once the AWPR is fully opened, the new service will replace services 107 and 747 and will also provide journeys up to every hour between Montrose and Ellon using the AWPR. The service will operate from Montrose to Stonehaven before serving Kingswells Park and Ride and Aberdeen Airport. The service will then continue to Ellon and some journeys will also extend to Cruden Bay and Peterhead. The service will be operated by low-floor easy access buses fitted with the latest tracking technology as well as the ability to accept contactless payments.

Revisions to service 10 and 35 operating from Aberdeen to Moray will benefit from improved journey times as well as additional journeys as peak times providing more capacity for those commuting to Aberdeen. Service 35 will also begin to serve the Deveron Community and Sports Centre on some journeys.  This bus connection to the swimming pool, fitness suite, sports courts, running track and climbing wall will mean the Centre is even more accessible for those looking to visit the facility. Some minor revisions have also been made to services 32, 33, 34, 36 and 38 in the Moray area to improve punctuality.

David Liston, Managing Director, Stagecoach North Scotland said: “These proposals are the result of a review of the network following the improvements in infrastructure around Aberdeen. On-going feedback from our customers, staff and local stakeholders has helped shape the proposed network but we are now delighted to share these for further feedback before we finalise our plans for the bus network. The importance of frequent connections between Aberdeen and Buchan is clear and our proposals will maintain this high frequency link north of the city with a series of enhancements to the services to the north.

“Following on from the success of our previous consultations, we are seeking customer feedback on our network in Aberdeenshire and Moray before services are registered. Our Moray bus network has also been influenced by the AWPR as the £745 million project will address congestion in Aberdeen allowing us to introduce revisions to service 35 and 10 operating to/from the city. These revisions have directly influenced onward bus connections in the Elgin local network. Customer comments do help us ensure that we have optimised departure times, routes and addressed as many of our customers wishes as possible. We will be grateful for customers to provide their comments before 21st September 2018.”

In addition to online feedback, the company will be holding consultation events to give the opportunity to discuss the proposals with staff.

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September – At Go North East Road Festival

Monday 10th September – Ellon Park and Ride 0630 – 0930, Fraserburgh Bus Station 1400 – 1600

Tuesday 11th September – Ellon Park and Ride 1430 – 1730, Ellon Parish Church 1800 – 2000

Tuesday 11th September – Moray Transport Forum

Thursday 13th September – Peterhead Interchange 1400 – 1600

Tuesday 18th September – St Giles Centre, Elgin 1430 – 1730

For those unable to attend the above events, the proposed timetables and network maps are now available to view using the links below, all feedback is welcomed to nscotmarketing@stagecoachbus.com. All feedback should be submitted no later than Friday 21st September 2018.

You can download the proposed timetables at the links below. We have also included a summary of the changes to each individual service below the download links, at the bottom of this webpage.

NEW Service 747 Timetable – Montrose – Stonehaven – Kingswells P&R – Aberdeen Airport – Ellon – Cruden Bay – Peterhead

NEW Service 747 Map

Buchan Area Guide from 12th November
(network maps showing the revised routes in Buchan will be available to download on  Monday 10th September)

Deeside Guide from 12th November

Inverurie Guide from 12th November

X17 Timetable from 12th November

Service 14/15 from 12th November 

Service 10 from 12th November

Service 35 from 12th November

Elgin City Guide from 12th November

Summary of all proposed changes

Service X17 Aberdeen – Elrick
Journey times have been revised on this service to improve service punctuality. On Saturdays, the service will operate every 20 minutes from 1700.

Service 37/X37 Aberdeen – Inverurie
Journey times have been revised on this service to improve punctualityBucksburn Police Station has been removed as a timing point to avoid unnecessary waiting. On weekdays  the 1830 journey to Inverurie will operate as a faster service X37.

Service 201/202 Aberdeen – Banchory – Braemar
Journey times have been revised on this service to improve service punctuality with additional loading time at the locations where journeys connect. An additional Monday-Friday return journey will operate between Banchory and Torphins. Torphins will also benefit from an additional evening journey into Aberdeen- this follows a request through the Aberdeenshire Bus Forums.

The 1815 journey from Aberdeen-Ballater on Saturdays will be withdrawn. The 1315 journey from Aberdeen to Lumphanan will extend to Ballater.

Service 14 Aberdeen – Kingswells
Journey times will be revised on this service to improve service punctualityAdditionally an hourly service on Sundays will be introduced, following requests from local residents and will be supported by Aberdeen City Council.

Service 15A Aberdeen – Craigiebuckler/Airyhall 
Aberdeen City Council will be supporting an hourly evening service on Sundays, following requests from local residents.

Service 54/X54/60/X60/67/X67/68/X68 Aberdeen – Ellon Corridor
The revised operation of the above services will combine to provide a 10 minute frequency in the peaks and a near 20 minute off peak, with a 30 minute evening and Sunday service.

Service 54/N54/60/61/63 Aberdeen – Balmedie Corridor
Service 63 will provide an hourly service between Ellon White Horse and Aberdeen, Service 54 will provide an hourly headway during the busier periods to provide at the peak periods a combined 30 minute frequency.

In the Evening Service 61 will operate hourly through Balmedie Egie Road, on a Sunday Service 60 will also serve Egie Road.

Service 55 Ellon – Modley Avenue
Modley Road diversions to operate independently from Service 54 to allow the service to be operated by a minibus. 

Service 62/62A/N62 Aberdeen – Ellon
Service number 62/62A/N62 will be withdrawn but all areas will be covered by services 54/X54/N54.

Service 66/66A Peterhead – Maud
Service retimed to improve links at Mintlaw with the trunks routes to and from Aberdeen.

Service 69/69B Peterhead – Fraserburgh
The 0840 Service 69B from Fraserburgh to Peterhead will be withdrawn.

The 0725 from Fraserburgh to Peterhead retimed to 0715 to allow the overall retiming of Service 66 to improve links at Mintlaw.

Service 81 Peterhead – Boddam
Service 81 from Peterhead and 0813 from Boddam to Peterhead will be withdrawn and replaced by a Service 61A that commences from Cruden Bay and will operate via Boddam.

To allow the above to work the 0711 Service 81 will be retimed to 0700.