Transport to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen have been improved under changes introduced by bus operator Stagecoach from Monday (May 5).
The operator say that the additional routes and increased frequency of buses will result in those travelling by bus to ARI having a “greater choice of services to the campus and will allow a wider option of travel solutions for staff working at ARI.”
Changes to services include:
• Service 10: increases to 1/2 hourly between Aberdeen and Inverurie, with every second service continuing to Inverness.
• Service 35: to Banff increases to 1/2 hourly,
• Service 37A: replaced by similar Service 37 to Inverurie via Blackburn and Kintore with an increase in frequency from 30 minutes to 20 minutes.
• Service 59: Hospital Direct reliable 10 minute frequency.
A spokesperson for NHS Grampian said: “We welcome the service enhancements being introduced by Stagecoach Bluebird serving ARI and the Foresterhill Health Campus from May 5. This will greatly enhance frequencies to Inverurie and on the Oldmeldrum / Banff corridor. With regard to Inverurie, this will go from the present three buses per hour to five, including three buses each hour servicing Blackburn and Kintore on Service 37. On Service 10, an extra service every hour to Inverurie will provide more capacity on the Inverness journeys for longer distance passengers. There will now be a 30 minute frequency service to Banff via Oldmeldrum on Service 35.”
Service 59 Hospital Direct running at a full 10 minute daytime frequency also provides a key link through ARI, including the bus and rail stations, and interchange at Union Terrace for all bus routes serving Union Street.
Steve Walker Managing Director, Stagecoach North Scotland said, “ARI is a major employer in the area, and service provider. We are pleased to meet the requests to increase frequencies, as we appreciate that the hospital services a large geographical catchment area.
“Many of those attending the hospital or working there, travel from out with Aberdeen city and are reliant on our buses. The increased frequencies will provide a vital link to and from the hospital for all members of the community.”
The new service timetables are available on-line now at, http://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables.aspx