Regional transport partnership Nestrans is inviting bus and coach operators in the area to submit tenders for the continuation of the Dyce Station – Aberdeen Airport shuttle bus link, which has been in operation since December 2008.
Since its inception, the route has enjoyed steady growth to its current level of approximately 5,000 passengers per month, an average of 250 trips per day. Nestrans has contributed over £200,000 to the number 80 service since its inception while Aberdeen Airport has also given financial support.
The current contract, operated by First Aberdeen, will be de-registered from 8th April this year and, as Nestrans Director Derick Murray explains, the objective is for the route to become self sufficient. “Included in the tender documentation is a possible indicative timetable, enabling a single vehicle to operate between 0627 in the morning and 1845 in the evening, making twenty rotations.”
“It is hoped this frequency can continue to meet the objectives of the scheme in providing a connection between the station and the airport, heliport and industrial estate which would be acceptable to users.”
“In addition, we are writing to employers based within Kirkhill Industrial Estate to ascertain their views on the route and to determine whether they would consider contributing financially to ensure the continuation of the route at service levels acceptable to them.”
“While the service has proven to be extremely successful since its launch just over two years ago, it has always been the aspiration to move towards a commercially viable operation once it was properly established.”