Bus tickets in Aberdeen could be made cheaper as a result of the much-hated bus gates.
The new bus priority route has been driving drivers round the bend (literally in some cases) since it was first introduced in August.
Labelled as “another nail in the coffin” for Aberdeen’s city centre, thousands of people shared their fury online — with many signing petitions for the bus gates to be scrapped.
Some even compared driving in the Granite City to “entering the Crystal Maze”.
However, both First Bus and Stagecoach have praised the new bus priority route as a “welcome addition” for their services.
In a recent report, First said they have noted a 10% increase in passengers.
Now, the operator is considering ways to “reinvest the benefits” — which could mean cheaper fares for passengers.
First ‘need to understand’ what benefits may look like
According to First, passengers are “already benefitting” from improvements in “punctuality and reliability”, as well as quicker journeys through the city centre.
Day tickets for services around Aberdeen currently cost £5.10, meanwhile, an adult two-trip ticket is £4.70.
But the operator says there are numerous ways the benefits of the bus gates to its services could be “reinvested”.
This could be through the “consideration of fares”, introducing more services to the routes and more.
A First Bus spokesman explained the company is still deciding exactly what changes it could be making, but cheaper tickets are one option being considered.
He said: “Bus priority measures have been a welcome addition for services in Aberdeen.
“We have seen that punctuality is continuing to improve and we are in the process of trying to evaluate what that means, including the increase in passenger numbers.
“Our hope is to reinvest the benefits and we need to understand what that may look like over a longer period of time.”