The X40 route from Dubford to Kingwells serves communities across the city and surrounding area and the number 4 service from the city centre up to Shielhill will be removed following reports from First Bus that the routes do not make them enough money. Mr McDonald is set to raise specific concerns for passengers in Kingswells and the Bridge of Don who need accessible public transport to Foresterhill hospital site.
The MSP for Aberdeen Donside had arranged to meet with the company to discuss other services set to be cancelled later this month.
Mark McDonald said: “I have received emails, letters, and calls from constituents all week who are worried and stressed about how they are to get around the city if these changes come into effect. There should have been clear and considered consultation and engagement with the community before these decisions were announced and made. Unfortunately we are now having to work backwards and try get First Bus to listen to their passengers and customers, but I fear the proverbial horse may have already bolted.
“I am anxious to speak to senior representatives of the company face-to-face and determine what their motivations are when it comes to axing services which people in this city rely on. It isn’t acceptable to throw your hands up and claim a route isn’t profitable enough, especially when these services are taking people to hospitals and medical centres.
“The communities which surround our cities are great places for people to live, but once transport links are cut back in the name of private company profits, the standard of living for folk and their quality of life is put into question. I will be seeking evidence and answers from First Bus on Friday morning and will be communicating with my constituents as soon as possible for what the next steps are on this matter.”