Rumbles urges First to retain X40 & 11 service to Kingswells

Mike RumblesAberdeen MSP Mike Rumbles is calling on local bus operators First Aberdeen Limited to think innovatively and expand the service to encourage more patrons to use the route.

This week First announced to the dismayed community, that both daytime and evening services X40 and 11 to Kingswells were to be cancelled due to a lack of custom. But residents have told Mr Rumbles that the route would be used if the service was more reliable.

Mike Rumbles said: “Improving public transport to and from the town centre is vital for the future of our city and local economy. It’s not just about making a profit for bus companies, they have a responsibility to provide a service for our communities.

“Providers should be thinking outside the box to improve the reliability of the service and encourage people to use public transport. Roads in Aberdeen and the Shire have become more and more congested in recent years. People are crying out for good and reliable bus services, but they won’t switch if the service is infrequent, slow and undependable.”

“You may be interested to know that I have written to First today stressing this fact and highlighting the short sightedness of their decision. I have also issues a statement to the local press and will be speaking on Radio Northsound today.”

“Over the coming weeks will be working with your local councillor Steve Delaney on this issue. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me again regarding this matter or any other.”