Fresh hope for bus service

A COUNCILLOR is keeping up the pressure for a bus service between Newmachar and Dyce to be re-instated.

In the latest development, East Garioch Councillor Martin Ford has been told bus company bosses are contacting scores of Newmachar residents, who have signed a petition, to obtain further details about their concerns.

The bus stop at Asda is close to Dyce Health Centre in Altonrae Gardens, so until the service was re-routed in October, many Newmachar residents used the Stagecoach Bluebird buses via Asda to visit their doctor and dentist.

Councillor Ford wrote to Stagecoach Bluebird in October asking the company to reconsider its decision to stop running buses via Dyce Asda.

He wrote again on December 4 after Stagecoach Bluebird official William Manius attended a meeting of Newmachar Community Council at the request of the community council.

As well as individual letters of complaint to Stagecoach Bluebird, a petition has been signed by nearly 240 people unhappy at the route change.

Councillor Ford has now received a reply to his letter of December 4, from Stagecoach Bluebird managing director Andrew Jarvis.

Mr Jarvis says in his letter: “My commercial manager recently attended a community council meeting and received the petition and is now in the process of writing to each of those people to seek some further detail on what exactly they require.

“We will then summarise responses to see if there is enough demand for several journeys a day to be introduced.”

Councillor Ford said: “I am pleased Stagecoach Bluebird are at least investigating the possibility of again providing direct buses between Newmachar and Dyce Asda.

“The decision to route all the buses between Newmachar and Aberdeen via Victoria Street in Dyce has caused much concern.

“An important public transport service has been lost.

“I hope Stagecoach Bluebird will take on board the points residents are making about the need for direct buses to access health services, and reinstate some buses via Asda.”

The dropping of the route has provoked a strong reaction in Newmachar.

Around 50 local residents attended the recent community council meeting to demand an explanation for the withdrawal of the service.

North East SNP MSP Mark McDonald has also written to Mr Jarvis highlighting the concern of local people over the controversial move.