Dial-a-bus scheme pilot

A new pilot dial-a-bus scheme is beginning this week in the South Aberdeenshire Regeneration Priority Area (RPA) which runs from Catterline to St Cyrus.

The 65 Special dial-a-trip is providing a local service for Gourdon and Inverbervie. The bus has been redeployed by Aberdeenshire Councils Public Transport unit, who operate the 65 Special services, and will provide a service into and within Inverbervie every Wednesday.

The bus will offer a demand responsive service picking up passengers at their homes and taking them anywhere in the local community which might include the health centre, Library, shops, or just visiting friends nearby.

Primarily designed for those who are less mobile the service will be provided for anyone in the community with a genuine transport need where suitable public transport is not available. The Wednesday service will also include a morning pick up on demand in Catterline and Kinneff around 9.45am returning around 2.45pm allowing anyone resident in those isolated communities access to Inverbervie for shopping, health visits and social calls.

The Inverbervie & Gourdon Local Service is one of a number of transport initiatives being piloted in the area as a result of community consultation work carried out by the Mearns Area Partnership on behalf of the RPA management group this summer and was a suggestion put forth in the 2010 Making the Most of the Coast survey.

If the pilot service is well used by the public it will become a regular service in the future.

To enquire more, or to register to use the service call 01224 664747. Trips need to be pre-booked, and this can be done between 1 and 7 days in advance of travel. To book your trips call 01569 765765 between 9.30am and 3.30pm on Mondays to Fridays.