Bus services across the North-east could be axed as council chiefs attempt to save £200,000 a year.
Aberdeenshire Council provides funding towards some of the region’s bus services, but agreed earlier this year to reduce its transport subsidy budget.
Council chiefs apologised for the shake-up, but stressed the 10 routes – which could be withdrawn or reduced – had been selected due to a drop in passenger numbers.
Stagecoach is now in talks with Aberdeenshire Council about the proposed changes, which are expected to start on May 7.
- Service 220 (Kirkton of Skene/Elrick – Aberdeen Royal Infirmary); Monday to Friday peak and inter-peak service
- Service 252 (New Deer – Mintlaw – Fraserburgh); Monday to Friday peak return journey
- Service 210 (Tarland – Aboyne); Monday and Wednesday inter-peak journeys
- Service 105 (Banchory – Rickarton – Stonehaven); Monday and Thursday inter-peak service
- Service 108 (Muchalls – Chapelton Park & Choose); Tuesday and Thursday schooldays inter-peak return journey
- Service 103 (Cookney – Aberdeen); Monday to Friday peak return journey
- Service X17 (Aberdeen – Westhill/Elrick); two evening journeys on Sundays
- Service 9 (Laurencekirk – Montrose Railway Station); Friday and Saturday evening journey
- Service 204 (Strachan/Banchory – Aberdeen); Tuesday and Friday inter-peak return journey withdrawn but weekday peak return journey retained
- Service 41A (Inverurie – Huntly); Monday to Friday non schooldays return journey withdrawn but schoolday return journey retained
A spokeswoman for Stagecoach North Scotland said: “Some of the services and journeys that we operate on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council have been included in their review and are being changed.
“We are still discussing with Aberdeenshire Council how these changes may impact on services we provide at our own commercial risk.
“We are working with the council to ensure Aberdeenshire remains well served by bus. Any revisions to our network will be announced in due course.”