Following discussions at the recent Garioch Area Bus Forum meeting, the Council’s contract for Westhill A2B dial-a-bus currently operated by Stagecoach expires in August 2017. The service, which is open to the general public, operates door-to-door within Westhill and outlying areas as per the schematic map on the Council’s website – http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/public-transport/a2b-dial-a-bus/westhill/ .
Officers are currently reviewing detailed usage of the service in order to determine whether the service specification should be revised prior to tendering in April. Initial ideas include the following:
- The Mon-Fri service currently operates 0900-1700 hrs. We are considering bringing forward the last drop-off time to 1600 hrs as there is little use of the service between 1600 hrs and 1700 hrs.
- The Sat service currently operates 0930-1400 hrs, primarily serving Echt and Westhill. We are considering tendering a more fixed route/timetabled service based on current usage to try to reduce the operating costs.
- Amend the operating area to “withdraw” from the Leylodge and Schoolhill areas – this will match what is happening on the ground as we have no transport requests from these areas.
If you wish to provide comments or suggestions for the council to consider please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the A2B general enquiries number on 01224 664747 by Thursday 23 March.