Council-run bus services in the north-east could be axed due to a lack of demand.
Proposals by Aberdeenshire Council could see a number of regular door-to-door bus services withdrawn due to lack of demand as part of a revamp.
The services are aimed at people who cannot otherwise get public transport.
The plans involve the withdrawal of three services and the extension of others.
The service between Echt and Banchory would be cancelled, as well as a route that covers Durris, Drumoak, Crathes and Banchory, although another service is being expanded to cover that route.
A further service, between Braemar and Banchory, will also be withdrawn under the proposals, but the council hopes non-profit organisation Ballater Royal Deeside Ltd (BRD), will step in to pick up some of the service.
A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said: “These proposals simply reflect the level of use of this on-demand service – where demand is higher than capacity we are increasing capacity and where it is low we are reducing the services offered to make best use of resources.
“The council provides funding for Ballater Royal Deeside Ltd’s community minibus and has contacted them about making greater use of this for social purposes in the Braemar and Ballater areas, to assist those who use the A2B service.
“We are currently consulting on the proposals with our customers, as well as local community councils and will advise them of the outcome of the consultation prior to implementing any service changes.”
Under the plans there would be no change to the Finzean, Strachan and Banchory weekly service and the Inchmarlo to Banchory twice weekly service would also remain the same.
And the Monday to Friday Banchory town service would have its capacity increased by adding a vehicle.
Geva Blackett, councillor for Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside, said: “I would be interested to hear if BRD have the right number of volunteers to take on the running of the service.”
Ballater Royal Deeside Ltd were unavailable for comment.