New bus services to operate on AWPR

Buses will make use of the new AWPR later this month including this stretch of road at Balmedie
Buses will make use of the new AWPR later this month including this stretch of road at Balmedie

Stagecoach North Scotland has announced that two new bus services will start later this month using the AWPR to improve journey times.

The new services have been created following the public timetable consultation in September last year.

Stagecoach has reviewed all feedback received and has finalised plans for the first bus services to operate on the AWPR.

The new Service 747 will be introduced on Monday, January 21, offering a new link across Aberdeenshire and Angus.

The new service will replace services 107 and the current 747, and will operate an hourly frequency throughout most of the day between Montrose and Ellon using the AWPR.

The service will operate from Montrose to Stonehaven before serving Kingswells Park and Ride and Aberdeen Airport.

The service will then continue to Ellon and some journeys will also extend to Cruden Bay and Peterhead.

A second service (757) will be introduced from the same date providing a direct link to the airport from Portlethen and Newtonhill.

Both services will be operated by low-floor easy access buses fitted with the latest tracking technology as well as the ability to accept contactless payments.

David Liston, Managing Director, Stagecoach North Scotland said: “We are delighted to be able to start the new year by introducing two new services to our Aberdeenshire network.

“In our autumn timetable consultation we received a lot of support for the new service 747 providing a direct bus connection to the airport.

“We look forward to welcoming both old and new customers on board our new services later this month.”

From Monday, January 21 services 50, 54, 60, 61, 63 and 81 are subject to revision in the Buchan Travel Guide.

These revisions are minor with only some early morning journeys being re-timed and additional journeys on service 50 to accommodate the route revision on service 747 in the Buchan area.

Timetables for service 747 and 757 are now available to download online and printed copies will soon be available to pick up in Aberdeen bus station, Kingswells P&R, Ellon P&R, Peterhead Interchange and Aberdeen Airport.