Aberdeenshire Council has launched a survey in an effort to ensure the region’s bus services “provide better value for money”.
A questionnaire will be put to the public later this month to find out what people’s priorities are when it comes to public transport.
The authority is undertaking a “clean-sheet” review into its local bus and dial-a-bus options in order to improve the services “and address decline”.
The survey can be completed as an individual or on behalf of an organisation.
Chairman of the council’s infrastructure services committee, Peter Argyle, said: “It was agreed earlier this year that the network should be reassessed by means of a ‘clean-sheet’ approach, in order to identify a more sustainable network in the longer term that will more effectively cater for otherwise unmet travel needs, assist in addressing patronage decline and provide better value for money.
“I would encourage all those who currently use bus services or may require them in the future to complete this quick survey, which will provide vital information.”
Vice-chairman of the committee, John Cox, added: “Our survey is being issued to a wide range of organisations including community councils, rural partnerships, schools and social care facilities.
“That feedback will assist us in developing cost-effective, fit-for-purpose services for Aberdeenshire communities in the years to come.”
The questionnaire will be available online from October 28 to December 9 at https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/public-transport/policies-strategies-and-contracts/
Printed copies being available in local libraries, Aberdeenshire Council offices, Ellon Park and Ride, and Peterhead Interchange from November 2.