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Council launches dial-a-bus service in Huntly

Huntly is the latest Aberdeenshire town to benefit from the introduction of a door-to-door taxibus service.

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 Huntly A2B dial-a-bus starts operating an on-demand daytime service in the Huntly area from Tuesday, May 6, with the A2B hotline taking Huntly bookings from Tuesday, April 29.

The dial-a-bus will operate a town service, as well as offering transport for residents in outlying communities who wish to travel into the town.

On Mondays and Thursdays it will serve an area stretching from Ruthven to Clashindarroch, and west to Glass, while on Tuesdays and Fridays the service will be available to residents living in an area from Cobairdy, south to Kennethmont, and east to Largue.

A dedicated Huntly town service will operate on Wednesdays, with additional town runs on other days, subject to bookings from outlying areas.

It is anticipated that Huntly A2B will benefit many residents from the various sheltered housing complexes within the town.

Some of these residents attended a public meeting earlier this year to comment on proposals for the service, and they confirmed that the A2B service would be useful for getting to parts of the town that are out with their walking distance.

Local transport operator Irene Shearer also attended the public meeting and she has teamed up with the council to run the service with a brand-new council vehicle.

The new wheelchair-accessible taxibus was funded by Nestrans, the north-east’s local transport partnership.

Councillor Peter Argyle, chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee said: “I’m pleased that a new A2B dial-a-bus service is being introduced to benefit passengers in the Huntly area.

“This expansion of Aberdeenshire A2B demonstrates the council’s commitment to working in partnership with local transport operators in delivering new services in rural Aberdeenshire.

“Providing sustainable transport in rural areas is challenging but A2B taxibuses have proved successful and are helping to deliver our Local Transport Strategy.

“Huntly A2B is open to everyone, regardless of age or circumstances; all it takes is a call to the A2B hotline”.

All trips are booked via a simple phone call to the A2B hotline on (01224) 665599, between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm on Mondays to Fridays, with bookings taken up to one week in advance.

Passengers will be able to use the service at any time within the dial-a-bus operating hours of 9.45am-2.15 pm.

Fares are comparable with those of regular bus services.  Aberdeenshire Entitlement Card holders and TaxiCard holders travel free.

Details of all Aberdeenshire A2B dial-a-bus services are available on the council’s website at: http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/publictransport/a2bdialabus

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