Commuters face traffic chaos as Aberdeen bus group pulls plug on park and ride route into city centre.
First Bus has announced today that they are stopping their route from Kingswells village and the Kingswells park and ride stops from April 1, 2017.
Ciitng low passenger numbers and the local economy downturn as the main reasons a First Aberdeen spokesperson said:
“It is with deep regret that First Aberdeen has confirmed the withdrawal of Services X40 and 11 from Kingswells village and Park and Ride.
“We have been unable to reach an alternative solution with the council and have exhausted all options for maintaining these services amid a continued fall in passenger numbers.
“The final day that services will operate in Kingswells will be Saturday, 1 April.
“Consistently low passenger numbers in recent years and the further impact of the downturn in the local economy have made services to these areas unsustainable.
“We have carefully monitored the number of people using the service in past few months and, despite publicity during the consultation period and obvious depth of feeling, there has been no change in passenger loadings, which have averaged 3.6 people per bus.”
The 11 service will be revised to operate between Northfield and Woodend only with the current frequency of service will be maintained.
The X40 service will be revised to operate between Dubford, Bridge of Don Park & Ride and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary only.
Customers in Kingswells who have purchased season tickets are advised to apply for a refund from their point of purchase.