After two years of successful operation of the shuttle bus serving the route between Dyce railway station, Aberdeen Airport, heliport and Kirkhill Industrial Estate, the service will undergo a change of operator from Monday 11 April.
Central Coaches has successfully tendered to operate the service for the next 12 months, using a modern clean-engined vehicle and will provide continuity of service starting on the Monday after the current First operation comes to an end.
Councillor Kevin Stewart, Chair of Nestrans, the Regional Transport Partnership for Aberdeen City & Shire, who support the service to ensure that this key strategic transport link is possible, stated “It was necessary for us to tender the service to ensure that we are achieving best value for tax payers’ money. While we would hope the service can in time, become commercially-viable without support, there is currently still a need for subsidy to secure the route. Encouraging companies and individuals to use the service will ensure its long-term viability and provide a permanent link between one of the region’s major transport hubs and another.
“Although the new service will be operated with just a single vehicle, the timetable has been carefully thought through to ensure that around 80% of trains arriving at, or leaving Dyce railway station, are met by a bus. The new timetable is available on the Nestrans website (http://www.nestrans.org.uk/) and we are delighted to have been able to retain the existing fare levels at no higher than £1.50 per journey”.
Existing patronage on the route has grown to around 250 passengers per day, with the service operating between 6:30am and 6:30pm Monday-Friday.