Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP) has just launched a Bus Survey on behalf of the Kincardine and Mearns Bus Forum.
The survey aims to seek opinions from residents of the Kincardine and Mearns Area (K&M Area) for their requirements for a modern bus service along the route of the X7 and the various number 7 routes.
The X7 express bus route runs the whole length of the K&M Area, mainly along the coast, while the number 7 routes serve the towns and villages between Aberdeen and Stonehaven.
The Aberdeen – Stonehaven corridor has been designated as a strategic growth area by Aberdeenshire Council’s Planning Department and is experiencing a rapid increase in population. Consequently, the A90 is now a very busy road and presents a range of road safety issues as it is considered no longer safe for pedestrians crossing to catch a bus. Residents attending the Bus Forum have been asking for a circular service that will operate between Portlethen and Stonehaven and serve the intervening villages.
One part of this survey seeks to gauge the level of demand for such a service. The survey also seeks to receive responses on how best the bus services can meet the everyday as well as the occasional needs of the community.
Bus services are a commercial operation and will only succeed where there is demand. KDP’s role is in this context is to support communities to achieve a flourishing lifestyle and to ensure easy mobility and fluidity of movement between settlements is an essential part of that lifestyle. Various challenges remain within the public transport debate within the K&M Area, this is just one positive initiative to drive forward for public interaction and response on approaches to improve services.
The survey may be accessed online at http://www.kincardineshiredp.org/surveys.html.