Concern over ‘lack of information’ ahead of major shake-up to Aberdeen bus routes

It's proposed to withdraw the number five.

Plans are in place to shake up bus services across Aberdeen.

The Evening Express has learned First Bus has proposed changes to services in the Granite City including the withdrawal of the number five.

Proposals have been made to make changes to 11 services – including reduced frequency for some buses and minor changes to journey times.

The number five, which primarily serves Torry and Northfield, could be withdrawn but First Bus has stressed the community will continue to be served with other services

A First Aberdeen spokesman said: “First Aberdeen is in the very early stages of consultation on service provision and we would emphasise that these are proposals at this stage.

“We would also like to make it clear that these proposals would not mean the withdrawal of services in Torry, with the majority of links provided by service five maintained through other services.

“This document is a first draft of proposed service changes which was submitted to Aberdeen City Council.

“In line with the normal consultation process, we are also due to share these proposals with the community council and other relevant stakeholders.

“In addition to this, First Aberdeen will invite feedback from residents via our website, which is a process we have implemented for proposed service changes on previous occasions.”

David Fryer, secretary of Torry Community Council, said: “We found out indirectly about these service changes even though we were supposed to be told.

“The community council is not happy about the lack of information.

“The number five is well used by the people of Torry and would be a huge miss if it was gone.

“Proposals do say that it could be covered by another route that would be altered to take in Torry but the lack of information and clarity is a worry.

“We need assurances that they are not taking away a service in Torry that is definitely needed.”

Under the plans, the frequency on the number three route which serves Cove and Mastrick is to be changed on a Saturday to operate every 12 minutes instead of 10.

For students, the number one and two could see university day services operating from September to December and not from January to summer.

This would see a reduction in the volume of buses travelling to the campus during the second semester.

First Bus has said that this is due to a decrease in demand and travel patterns.

The services on the number eight and nine routes would be extended to serve Heathryfold via Foresterhill.

A section of the number 12 bus route which services Torry and Heathyfold would be removed at Granitehill Road and Quarry Road.

The move is down to the changes being made on the eight and nine.

Service 16 would be amended in the city centre to serve Powis Terrace, Causewayend, West North Street, King Street, Union Street, Market Street and Guild Street and Guild Street, Bridge Street, Union Street, King Street, West North Street, Causewayend and Powis Terrace replacing the existing route.

Cove would be served in both directions with the new route through Langdykes Road, Loirston Road, Loirston Avenue, Earns Heugh Road, Cove Road, Charleston Road, Charleston Road North and Wellington Road.

Service 20 would be extended to take the majority of the changes including the withdrawal of the number five.

The extended route will serve Upperkirkgate, Schoolhill, Rosemount Viaduct, Union Terrace, Bridge Street, Wapping Street, Carmelite Street, Guild Street, Market Street, Victoria Road, Menzies Road, Craig Place, Wellington Road, Girdleness Road, Balnagask Road and Balnagask Circle.

It would also go to Torry via Balnagask Circle, Girdleness Road, Wellington Road, Craig Place, Menzies Road, Victoria Road, Market Street, Guild Street, Bridge Street, Union Street, King Street and West North Street.

The frequency of the number 19 from Tillydrone to Culter would change to every 15 minutes while the number 17, 25 and 117 would also see minor changes.

Members of the public have until June 23 to give their opinion on the proposed changes.