An Aberdeen bus operator has announced it plans to scrap three night-time bus services later this month.
First Bus is removing three of its eight nightbus services, which run from the city centre, after claims they were poorly used.
Two N5 services are being scrapped which run to Northfield, via Rosemount and Cornhill, and another to Torry.
The N18 to Dyce, via Tillydrone and Danestone, is also being removed, along with the N21 which serves Cove/Charleston via Kincorth.
Parts of Dyce will now be covered by the N17 service while Danestone will be covered by the N1 service.
The changes will be introduced from Friday October 26.
Councillor Alex Nicoll, who represents Cove and Kincorth, said: “I’m always concerned whenever bus services are being reduced or withdrawn and it would be interesting to see the figures from First Bus on this.
“We as a council have very limited control over them as a private company to take these decisions.
“I’m just disappointed they aren’t able to run these services as they must have identified a need when they were introduced.
“It limits people’s ability to use public transport.”
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Mr Nicoll added he had concerns over limiting public transport options for those who work in the city’s bars and clubs.
He said: “They’re going to have to pay for taxis or go home in private cars.”
The hourly services, which begin after midnight and run until just after 3am, cost a flat rate of £3.
Councillor Gordon Graham, who represents Northfield, said: “It’s disappointing from the point of view of residents who want to go home and will have no option but to get a taxi.
“It will increase the queue for taxis and it’s reducing the opportunity to get home more cheaply.”
David Phillips, operations director for First Aberdeen, said: “We are a commercial business like any other and as such services in operation must be commercially viable.
“In the case of the recent cancellation of three night services; N5, N18 and N21, these services had very low patronage and as a result we are unable to cover its cost of operation.
“Therefore, despite every effort to stimulate these routes, the services have now been taken off from October 26.
“I appreciate and understand the councillors’ concerns and I am happy to meet them to discuss further if they wish.”