Stagecoach launches two new services on AWPR

News stories are free to read. Click here for full access to all the features, articles and archive from only £8.99.

An introductory £6 all-day ticket is available through Stagecoach’s mobile app

Stagecoach has been the first operator to carry bus passengers on the newly-completed Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), almost three years after construction of the bypass began.

The two new services – 747 and 757 – welcomed their first passengers on Monday 21 January, and a special £6 all-day ticket has been introduced for a limited time to coincide with the launch.

Service 747 offers a new link across Aberdeenshire and Angus. The new service will replace services 107 and current 747 and operates hourly throughout most of the day between Montrose and Ellon using the AWPR.

The service will operate from Montrose to Stonehaven before serving Kingswells Park & Ride and Aberdeen Airport. It will then continue to Ellon, with some journeys extending to Cruden Bay and Peterhead.

Service 757, meanwhile, provides a direct link to the airport from Portlethen and Newtonhill.

Residents in Portlethen and Newtonhill provided feedback in the timetable consultation requesting if a service could be introduced to the airport.

The 757 was shaped by feedback received from residents in a timetable consultation, and operates hourly throughout most of the day, seven days a week.

Left to right: David Liston, Stagecoach North Scotland MD, Steve Szalay, Aberdeen International Airport MD, Derick Murray of Nestrans and Greig Mackay of Bus Users Scotland

Like the 747, it also stops at Kingswells Park & Ride, meaning that journeys from the popular site to the airport are now available by bus up to every 30 minutes, seven days a week.

ADL Enviro200s will take care of both routes, and have been fitted with tracking technology and contactless ticketing machines.

Passengers wishing to claim an all-day £6 ticket will need to download the Stagecoach app and purchase it on their phone.
David Liston, Managing Director, Stagecoach North Scotland said: “In our autumn timetable consultation we received a lot of support for the new service 747 providing a direct bus connection to the airport.

“On reviewing consultation feedback from residents in Newtonhill and Portlethen we have been able to identify a solution that means these communities will also be connected to the airport from 21 January.

“We look forward to welcoming both old and new customers on board our new services later this month.”

For more news click here: