A councillor is urging more people to make use of a bus link after it emerged it carries fewer than eight people per day.
The 94 service, which is operated by Stagecoach, serves Aberdeen Crematorium at Hazlehead.
It was set up in April 2013 to help visitors to the site avoid a kilometre-long uphill walk from the nearest bus stop.
It runs from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, calling at Woodend Terminus before operating as a “hail and ride”, picking up and dropping off at passengers’ request, on its route to the crematorium.
However, latest figures from Aberdeen City Council for the last financial year show an average of just 7.6 people are using the service each day. It is understood passenger numbers have remained relatively steady over the six years the bus has been operating, with between 1,500 and 2,000 people using it every year.
The service costs £155 each day to run – amounting to around £39,000 over the course of the financial year.
That means each journey taken on the bus is subsidised by £20.95, with the money to make up the cost coming from the city’s Common Good Fund.
The Evening Express has seen correspondence showing the future of the service has been considered by councillors amid question marks over its long-term viability.
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However, council bosses have once again opted to keep it running for the next financial year as part of the city’s Common Good budget. Councillor Martin Greig, who represents Hazlehead, Queen’s Cross and Countesswells, has now urged more people to make use of the service.
He said: “We set up the crematorium bus service to help those who rely on public transport. It is important to improve access.
“The bus needs to be publicised so more passengers are aware they can benefit from this travel option.
“I have been contacted by constituents who have said that when they have seen the bus there has been nobody on it. Although I don’t think stopping it has been seriously considered, clearly people do have concerns about it.”
A spokesman for Aberdeen City Council declined to comment.