Fears have been raised that local businesses in an Aberdeen community could lose customers if a proposed change to bus timetables is approved.
First Bus is considering cutting George Street from the route on its number 16 service.
In a letter sent to the local authority, First said the change is part of a move to “reduce journey times” and offer a faster journey from the Park and Ride facility at Craibstone.
However, businesses and members of the George Street community have now raised fears that without the number 16 bus bringing customers to the area, many independent businesses might lose out.
George Street and Harbour councillor Michael Hutchison said: “As well as the real concerns of local residents, I also have grave concerns for the small and local businesses on George Street that could miss out on trade with this proposed change.
“There has been a big push from local businesses in the area to make George Street more attractive to shoppers, and I’d hate to see it now being less accessible by public transport.
“I have contacted the community council and the Greater George Street Traders Association to hear their views and I will make sure these are passed on so that their voices can be heard.”
A spokesman for First Bus said: “First Aberdeen has just begun consultation on this proposal with Aberdeen City Council and in line with the normal consultation process we will be listening to the views of the community council and other stakeholders.
“In addition to this, First Aberdeen will invite feedback from businesses and residents via our website, which is a process we have implemented for proposed service changes on previous occasions.
“Under this proposal, George Street would continue to be served by up to eight buses an hour each way with services 17 and 19.”