As part of Aberdeenshire Council’s 2018/19 budget, a review of all subsidised bus routes across Aberdeenshire was announced. It comes as the Conservative led administration looks to make significant savings for the year ahead.
One area where savings could be found is in public transportation. The review will aim to identify savings of £300,000. Each individual route and the route frequency both being reviewed.
The review aims to tackle routes that are currently subsidised by Aberdeenshire Council, routes that are operated for profit by providers such as Stagecoach will not be reviewed. Rural routes are most likely to be affected, as these routes are often subsidised in order to ensure they are viable.
Administration leader Jim Gifford said during the budget that, “As services are reviewed, we will consider the context in which they operate and what model is best suited to provide the most effective service and the best value to taxpayers.
“So if services can be delivered better and cheaper in-house then that is where they’ll stay, but if the private or the voluntary sector can do it better for less, then of course that’s something we will explore”