‘On demand’ minibus service to launch in Turriff
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Isobel Davidson