The Aberdeen Donside MSP has called on the City Council to hold a public meeting in Kingswells after the bus company agreed to meet with residents in the area to discuss the impact of their plans to remove the 11 and X40. Mr McDonald met with the company to discuss their decision to axe the routes across the city after complaints from constituents who rely on buses to take them to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and into the city centre.
FirstBus told Mr McDonald they would be willing to participate in a public engagement session with residents in Kingswells to discuss the impact of the proposed bus service cancellations, and possible alternatives. The SNP MSP also received assurances that similar feedback on the planned closures of the number 8 in Danestone could result in an alternative service being put in place there, but FirstBus did not confirm they would attend a public meeting in the Bridge of Don.
The SNP MSP has written to Aberdeen City Council urging them to organise a Kingswells meeting as soon as possible. Mr McDonald said: “I am pleased that through my meeting with FirstBus the company has realised how important the 11 and X40 buses are to my constituents, and have agreed to meet with many of the people who have contacted me about the proposed axing of these services. It is a step in the right direction to resolving the many issues that have been created over the past couple of weeks after announcements of route closures.
“We cannot waste any time in organising a public meeting in Kingswells so I am calling on Aberdeen City Council to do that immediately. Alternatively, as I have suggested to the council, if they are not committed to a public meeting they should instead make representatives from the Public Transport Unit available and I will arrange the event myself.
“I am concerned that so many people are set to lose out on a vital transport service if we do not work urgently with FirstBus to come up with an alternative to complete cancellation of the routes. I would urge all my constituents in the Bridge of Don who use the number 8 to contact FirstBus as soon as possible and let the company know your thoughts on the service and why it should remain.”