First Aberdeen announce further service improvements
- Service 8 reintroduced Monday to Saturday in response to customer & stakeholder feedback.
- Service 20 reintroduced to full university timetable as the city gears up to welcome back its students for their new term.
- X27 reintroduced on hourly service Monday to Friday and daytime on a Saturday.
- Additional journey on 1B service to support return of students to the RGU.
First Aberdeen are pleased to announce the return of more services across their network from Sunday September 13th as well as a number of enhanced journey opportunities for students as the city gets set to welcome them back for their new academic term.
Now, with a number of measures in place to ensure customer and staff safety remains a number one priority, timetables can now return closer to their normal levels and First Aberdeen is urging passengers to get back to bus.
Service X27 will return to operation for the first time since the original Covid 19 lockdown with an hourly service, Monday to Friday and daytime Saturday. This service is a direct link from the city centre to Aberdeen International Airport and First Aberdeen are keen to work in partnership to aid in the airport’s recovery.
Service 8 will also return to operation for the first time since its suspension and will operate a pre-covid timetable Monday to Saturday.
Service 1B has been enhanced with an additional journey at 08.15 from John Street to Robert Gordon University to support an increase in demand for this service as the students prepare to return to campus.
The popular service 20 will return to a full University timetable in time for the start of the brand new semester and students can find a range of great value fares available on the First Bus App to help them get ready for the new academic year.
First Aberdeen are focusing resource to services where demand has returned and a high level of route recovery is evident.
As a result, some other services will still be restricted in terms of service levels and customers are urged to refer to the First Bus website to check the full timetable information before travelling.
Graeme Macfarlan, Commercial Director First Aberdeen, said “We are looking forward to welcoming back our students over the coming weeks and month as the vast majority of services now begin to operate nearer to pre-Covid timetable levels. We look forward to welcoming back many students to the city and we are ready to do our bit in supporting our young people to get back to University and colleges across the city.
“We are grateful to all our customers for adhering to our on-board measures and thank them for their support. These measures, together with enhanced anti-viral cleaning and the increase in frequency will provide reassurance to our customers that our services are safe and reliable. We are delighted to play our part in helping to get the local economy moving again.”
Customers in Aberdeen can now plan their journey in advance and choose the best time of day to travel with the First Bus Space Checker tool available on our website. The new tool uses the latest passenger trend data to predict when the bus will be busy or quiet depending on the time of day from the customer’s preferred bus stop.
The First Bus app will continue to help customers plan their journeys by showing live bus capacity in real time and advising if the wheelchair space on each service is free.
For full details of these and all other changes coming in from September 13th to timetables across the First Aberdeen network, head to https://www.firstgroup.com/aberdeen/plan-journey/covid-19-update.