Shoppers have hit out at a supermarket giant for cancelling a free bus service to its store.
Customers of the Bridge of Dee Asda have been able to visit it using the transport which was today said to be a “lifeline” by shoppers.
Some users of the service, which was always funded by the supermarket but has been run with different bus companies, have used it for up to 38 years.
The service runs four times every Thursday, picking up shoppers from Northfield, as well as Mastrick, Hazlehead and other areas on the way to the store.
After dropping the first group at the store, the bus then heads to Culter, picking up people along North Deeside Road and ferrying them to Asda.
Stacey McIntosh, a 30-year-old mum of three from Culter, who first took the bus when she was a child with her mother Fiona in 1988, described the decision as “selfish”.
She said: “It’s the only way some people can get their shopping, the only way that they can have some sort of social life, some of them wouldn’t leave their homes otherwise.
“I myself am now going to have to take two buses to Asda and back, with three children.
“It’s really selfish of them, I think.”
Flo Davidson, 81, from Northfield, added: “It’s terrible, it’s not just the shopping, it’s a social aspect, we have a lot of fun together.
“Luckily I’ve got my daughter who can drive me, but I might need to go somewhere else.”
Margaret Simpson, 68, from Culter said: “This is a day out, a lot of people have said they’ll miss the company.
“I personally find it really hard to get here.
“I would have to take two buses,” she added.
Another user, who did not wish to be named, described the move as “stupid”.
They said: “I’m disabled, and this is a lifesaver for me.”
The supermarket giant said that not enough people were using the service to warrant its existence.
An Asda spokesman said: “Regular monitoring over the past few months has shown consistent low use of this service, which is why we have made the decision to cancel it with effect from July 9. We appreciate this will be disappointing to the small number of users.”