Buchan bus news.

Buchan bus news.

Stagecoach North Scotland, has celebrated World Environment Day (Thursday, June 5th) with the launch of a fleet of new eco-friendly buses which will be enjoyed by passengers in North-East Scotland. The company has invested £1.5 million in a fleet of ten new Enviro300 buses which will carry passengers throughout the company’s Bluebird area. The news comes as the company holds its sixth annual Stagecoach Green Week, an initiative which runs across the company’s operations in the UK and North America. The new buses are full size, weight efficient single deck buses featuring a chassis and body combination which offers environmental, energy and economic benefits. The vehicles hold the potential to drive down operating costs by offering more seats and reducing fuel consumption with no compromise to strength or reliability.

Commenting on the launch of the new vehicles, Stagecoach North of Scotland managing director, Steve Walker said: “This shows Stagecoach Bluebird’s continued investment in the region and, despite increased congestion, we are investing in greener buses and still maintaining our promise to provide passengers with new buses with a combination of high specifications, durability and reliability to maintain our services and timetables and keep the environment greener.”

Footprints and tracks to the bus-shelter.

In Russian fairy tales, the bluebird is a symbol of hope.

A new hourly Sunday 63 service has been operating since April 2013. The timetable reverts to Sunday service on public holidays, excluding May Day. This has meant that Collieston commuters cannot reach Aberdeen until 9.30am on a public holiday, which is better than no service at all, as previously was the case. After May Day 2014, when the Sunday 63 service was axed, there is once again no public transport for Collieston commuters on Sundays or public holidays. When events such as the Energetica Walking & Wildlife Festival take place, there will be no public transport for one third of the length of this development corridor.
Energetica guide and maps

The good news is that the 63 bus service has greatly improved. Steve Walker has offered apologies to customers for past failings and announced that the company will be consulting to take views on the network and Buchan corridor service. Adequate spare provision, improved maintenance procedures, a revised management structure, and more accountability are promised.

Other questions remain.. What's happened to the last Aberdeen-Peterhead bus following the usual 63 route @ 21.30? You can reach Newburgh on the 61 bus, but as always Collieston folk miss out, not least on any chance of business or socialising in Aberdeen, unless you want to incur a £20 taxi fare home from Newburgh.

In October 2012, Aberdeenshire Council were forced to offer taxis to service 63 bus-users in Collieston and Newburgh, after only 5 days notice was given to Stagecoach Bluebird over road resurfacing work near Cruden Bay. No buses operated on this section of the route between 8am and 4pm for over a week.

Bus users and local politicians have condemned proposals to scrap the 65 Ellon town service and merge it with the 62 route

Collieston is totally starved of convenient public transport. When the peak weekday connection to Ellon Park-and-Ride (funded by a Scottish Executive Rural Transport Grant) was withdrawn in 2004, villagers were left with 4 buses a week - well-run, all mid-morning, non-Stagecoach operated. The timetable has been replaced by a calendar. In 2010, one of these 'shoppers services' was suddenly withdrawn, allegedly in line with public demand. (Folk use their cars, share lifts. They drive and park in Newburgh.) To reach the nearest bus stop, commuters from Collieston must walk each morning and night 2 miles on an unlit road to Cotehill crossroads, whatever the weather.

In August 2015 our Saturday bus will cease to operate, leaving Collieston with a new A2B dial-a-bus service on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Phone the helpful and enthusiastic Denise May, Aberdeenshire Council A2B Coordinator on 01224 664747 to register for the service which will operate between 9.30am and 2.30pm and begin on Tuesday 18th.
Last Saturday service to Collieston blog
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Date:
Location:
Cotehill crossroads, Collieston junction.
Photographer:
Yvonne Ferguson
Buchan bus news.

Buchan bus news.

Stagecoach North Scotland, has celebrated World Environment Day (Thursday, June 5th) with the launch of a fleet of new eco-friendly buses which will be enjoyed by passengers in North-East Scotland. The company has invested £1.5 million in a fleet of ten new Enviro300 buses which will carry passengers throughout the company’s Bluebird area. The news comes as the company holds its sixth annual Stagecoach Green Week, an initiative which runs across the company’s operations in the UK and North America. The new buses are full size, weight efficient single deck buses featuring a chassis and body combination which offers environmental, energy and economic benefits. The vehicles hold the potential to drive down operating costs by offering more seats and reducing fuel consumption with no compromise to strength or reliability.

Commenting on the launch of the new vehicles, Stagecoach North of Scotland managing director, Steve Walker said: “This shows Stagecoach Bluebird’s continued investment in the region and, despite increased congestion, we are investing in greener buses and still maintaining our promise to provide passengers with new buses with a combination of high specifications, durability and reliability to maintain our services and timetables and keep the environment greener.”

Footprints and tracks to the bus-shelter.

In Russian fairy tales, the bluebird is a symbol of hope.

A new hourly Sunday 63 service has been operating since April 2013. The timetable reverts to Sunday service on public holidays, excluding May Day. This has meant that Collieston commuters cannot reach Aberdeen until 9.30am on a public holiday, which is better than no service at all, as previously was the case. After May Day 2014, when the Sunday 63 service was axed, there is once again no public transport for Collieston commuters on Sundays or public holidays. When events such as the Energetica Walking & Wildlife Festival take place, there will be no public transport for one third of the length of this development corridor.
Energetica guide and maps

The good news is that the 63 bus service has greatly improved. Steve Walker has offered apologies to customers for past failings and announced that the company will be consulting to take views on the network and Buchan corridor service. Adequate spare provision, improved maintenance procedures, a revised management structure, and more accountability are promised.

Other questions remain.. What's happened to the last Aberdeen-Peterhead bus following the usual 63 route @ 21.30? You can reach Newburgh on the 61 bus, but as always Collieston folk miss out, not least on any chance of business or socialising in Aberdeen, unless you want to incur a £20 taxi fare home from Newburgh.

In October 2012, Aberdeenshire Council were forced to offer taxis to service 63 bus-users in Collieston and Newburgh, after only 5 days notice was given to Stagecoach Bluebird over road resurfacing work near Cruden Bay. No buses operated on this section of the route between 8am and 4pm for over a week.

Bus users and local politicians have condemned proposals to scrap the 65 Ellon town service and merge it with the 62 route

Collieston is totally starved of convenient public transport. When the peak weekday connection to Ellon Park-and-Ride (funded by a Scottish Executive Rural Transport Grant) was withdrawn in 2004, villagers were left with 4 buses a week - well-run, all mid-morning, non-Stagecoach operated. The timetable has been replaced by a calendar. In 2010, one of these 'shoppers services' was suddenly withdrawn, allegedly in line with public demand. (Folk use their cars, share lifts. They drive and park in Newburgh.) To reach the nearest bus stop, commuters from Collieston must walk each morning and night 2 miles on an unlit road to Cotehill crossroads, whatever the weather.

In August 2015 our Saturday bus will cease to operate, leaving Collieston with a new A2B dial-a-bus service on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Phone the helpful and enthusiastic Denise May, Aberdeenshire Council A2B Coordinator on 01224 664747 to register for the service which will operate between 9.30am and 2.30pm and begin on Tuesday 18th.
Last Saturday service to Collieston blog
Ref:
Date:
Location:
Cotehill crossroads, Collieston junction.
Photographer:
Yvonne Ferguson