Buchan Xpress set to stay

Stagecoach Buchan Express
Stagecoach Buchan Express

Commuters will have to continue using the Buchan Xpress coaches for the foreseeable future as Stagecoach say they have no plans to replace them.

The new £5.5 million fleet of buses have come in for heavy criticism since they were first introduced at the end of last year.

But a Stagecoach spokesperson this week said: “We have no plans to replace the Buchan Xpress coaches.”

Earlier this year around 300 people attended a public meeting in Mintlaw to protest against the buses.

The company at the time said they would look at a number of options to make the buses safer but as of yet none of the mooted ideas have been implemented by the bus company.

The Stagecoach spokesperson said: “We are continuing to investigate potential modifications with the manufacturer of the coaches in relation to installing additional grab rails and stopping bells.”

Last month Mintlaw Councillor Jim Ingram raised a formal complaint against the coaches with the Traffic Commissioner, highlighting the lack of seats for disabled passengers on board the buses.

Cllr Ingram said he is continuing to follow up the complaint with the authority in Edinburgh.

He said: “I have a formal complaint lodged with the traffic commissioner and I’m trying to pursue it.

“The rules in my mind are fairly clear, the number of disabled seats should be a minimum of four.”

The councillor continued that this was now a case for the Commissioner “to pursue and eventually enforce.”