‘On de­mand’ minibus ser­vice to launch in Tur­riff

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY DAVID PROC­TOR

Res­i­dents in a north-east town are be­ing urged to sign up for a new “on de­mand” minibus ser­vice.

The coun­cil-run pi­lot scheme in Tur­riff will re­place the cur­rent Stage­coach Blue­bird Town and Cir­cu­lar 257/258 ser­vice later this month.

Tur­riff Town and Cir­cu­lar A2B Dial-a-Bus route be­gins on Mon­day, No­vem­ber 19 and is free to use.

It will op­er­ate on de­mand, with pas­sen­gers pre-book­ing jour­neys by phone or email.

Book­ings can be made up to one week in ad­vance, or two weeks in ad­vance for trans­port to med­i­cal ap­point­ments.

The ser­vice will be op­er­ated by two wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble coun­cil minibuses liver­ied as A2B dial-a-bus and is funded via an EU project pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able ru­ral travel.

It will op­er­ate on an ad­ver­tised route and the buses will be able to di­vert from it on re­quest.

When pas­sen­gers call to book a seat they need to state what time they would like to travel and where they wish to be picked up from. They will be pro­vided with an es­ti­mated pick-up time.

Bus timeta­bles will be avail­able from Tur­riff Li­brary, the Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil ser­vice point at Towie House and the Post Of­fice.

Coun­cil­lor Peter Ar­gyle, chair­man of the in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices com­mit­tee, said: “It’s hoped this pi­lot project is a bet­ter way of serv­ing res­i­dents’ trans­port needs, while tri­alling a new way of re­plac­ing a fixed route bus ser­vice with a more sus­tain­able, de­mand-re­spon­sive trans­port ser­vice.”

Coun­cil­lor Iso­bel David­son, chair­woman of the For­mar­tine Area Com­mit­tee, urged lo­cals to regis­ter their in­ter­est. She said: “We’d en­cour­age any­one who cur­rently uses the Stage­coach bus ser­vice to con­tact the A2B of­fice to regis­ter for the ser­vice.”

To regis­ter call 01467 535333 be­tween 9am-5pm or email a2b­di­al­abus@aberdeen­shire.gov.uk

Cllr Iso­bel David­son

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