Aberdeenshire Council is cutting 29 bus services across the shire, including one in the Mearns.
Route 26 from Luthermuir / Laurencekirk to Stonehaven will see the Saturday service withdrawn from April. The move means that anyone without access to private transportation will be stuck within Luthermuir over the weekend.
The council have rated the 29 routes that are to be changed or cut as “poorly performing” and have blamed budget pressures within the transportation service for the cuts.
The money available for supported services is expected to be reduced by around £560,000 when Aberdeenshire Council sets its budget in February.
Commenting on the cuts, Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Transportation, Ewan Wallace, said: “We have tried to minimise the potential negative impacts for individuals and communities where possible, but would encourage anyone who feels they would be unduly affected to get in touch.
“We realise this may have a detrimental effect on passengers as well as some operators, but the council and communities will continue to have difficult decisions to make on the provision of local services into the future.
“These routes have been chosen primarily because they are not being used as well as would be expected, to justify the money spent by the council to support them.
“In due course we will conduct a review of the way the council supports all bus services across Aberdeenshire, to ensure we are using the available money in the most effective way possible.”
Anyone who feels they would be significantly disadvantaged by any of the proposed changes is encouraged to seek assistance where possible from the council’s transportation team. They can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see in detail which services/routes will be affected by the changes on the council’s website: http://bit.ly/2MMNiTi