Changes to Public Transport Services

Nikki Laird 2020, News

Temporary changes to public transport services in the north east of Scotland are being introduced following advice from Government around social contact and non-essential travel in response to an increase in cases of the coronavirus.

These measures aim to balance a reduction of both staff and customers with the need to provide services for key workers. Due to the quickly evolving nature of the situation, please be advised that all timetables may be subject to change. Please make sure to check the latest information available before travelling.

Bus Travel

First Aberdeen

Effective from Thursday, March 26th 2020, First Aberdeen announced that bus services will operate a revised Sunday timetable during the working week, with additional morning journeys added in to ensure it sustains services for those key workers and emergency service staff needing to make essential travel across the region.

Full details of these timetables are available online. As these may be subject to change further, customers are advised to check for the latest information on their dedicated web page.

Stagecoach

Further revised timetables will be in place from Monday 30th March and are now available at stagecoachbus.com.  These temporary timetables ensure that critical routes are maintained and will operate across the region until further notice.

Following an analysis of the demand for bus services in the area at this time, the frequency of most services will be reduced but will still cater for essential shopping trips to be made. Feedback received since Monday 23rd March has been used to develop the reduced timetables and will better cater for shift patterns of key workers who still rely on the bus to commute to work.

Rail Travel

From Monday 30th March, Scotrail will be operating an amended reduced timetable. Details of the timetable can be found on their website but will take a few days to upload to journey planners.

Walking & Cycling

Walking and cycling remain effective ways to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

Under current guidelines from the UK government you can continue to get outdoors for exercise such as running, walking or cycling but this should be once per day, undertaken alone or with household members only, and responsibly in line with social-distancing guidance by staying more than 2 metres apart from others.