There are a number of proposed revisions to Aberdeenshire Council’s supported local bus and dial-a-bus network, which are necessary due to budget pressures, with the funding available for such services expected to be reduced by around £560,000 when the Council sets its 2019/20 budget later this month. These changes will affect the services from Alford to Huntly, Aberdeen via Westhill, and Inverurie via Kemnay. A statement from the council is noted below:-
A number of poorly performing council-supported bus services around Aberdeenshire will require to be rationalised or withdrawn with effect from Monday 15 April 2019 and full details are attached. I regret that it has not been possible to undertake an extensive period of consultation as part of this review exercise, as any delay in the implementation of the revisions would lead to the requirement for even greater service reductions to meet budget constraints.
The usage of each service, primary trip purpose and average subsidy per passenger, which in some cases amounts to over £20 per passenger journey, were considered in the overall assessment. In addition, factors within the catchment area of each service were also taken into account, such as the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) ranking, car ownership levels, and the percentage of population with restricted Mobility.
We have tried to minimise the potential negative impacts for individuals and communities but appreciate that these proposals will have a detrimental effect on a number of passengers. Should you wish to contact the Passenger Transport Unit to discuss any of the attached proposals, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01467 538138.
Please click on the link below to see the changes to the Alford services.