Cautious welcome for bus services

BUS users in the Ellon area have given a cautious welcome to new timetables introduced on April 15.

Any complaints about the new services can be raised at a Bus Forum meeting to be held in Ellon Community Centre on Monday, April 29, at 7.30pm.

Miriam Bell, of Ellon, said: “As a regular user of bus services in and out of Aberdeen I have no complaints about that part of the service, once you get used to the new route numbers on the buses.

“I also like the new arrangement of having small buses serve the town. I suspect the drivers like the new set up as well.”

Ray Kenyon, from Newburgh, was similarly happy about services to and from Aberdeen, but reported on the morning of the new services that back up had been required for the 63 bus due to it being full.

Mr Kenyon, who is urging bus users to attend Monday’s meeting, said: “It was quickly resolved, otherwise there appears to be no major issues. The meetings are not usually held in Ellon, and as the majority of users come from there I would expect a large turnout.”

Mr Kenyon, who has embraced the concept of a partnership involving Stagecoach, Aberdeenshire Council and the bus-using public, added: “Stagecoach have in fact been very responsive, and genuinely helpful when we raise issues.”

Monday’s meeting, which has been organised by the council and is the latest in a series throughout the area, will be held in Community Room 3 in the community centre.