BUS OPERATOR Stagecoach has axed a number of services following Moray Council cuts.
As from Monday October 14 the company has announced a number of little used services, which were subsidised by the council to the tune of £300,000, will be removed.
The journeys that were supported by the council have been withdrawn and the commercial journeys have been retained.
Steve Walker, managing director of Stagecoach North Scotland said: "Following Moray Council’s decision to axe public transport investment to zero, from the £300,000 it spends on bus services in the area as part of a wider programme of council service cuts. Stagecoach had to revisit the viability of some of the bus services provided in the Moray area."
Moray Council did contract bus operators, including Stagecoach, to operate a large number of services and individual journeys in the area, including in the evenings and at weekends. Stagecoach operated around 70% of these tendered services on behalf of the council.
Mr Walker also warned council cuts could have a negative impact on any potential expansion of local bus services in the future
"Like our passengers we are disappointed that certain services will be withdrawn or have their frequency reduced. As our aim is to provide efficient and reliable bus services that better meets our customer needs, but these budget cuts have limited what we can offer our passengers in the Moray."
Full timetables will be available online at www.stagecoachbus.com, and should be in travel shops from Monday
Moray Council has invested an extra £70,000 in its own Dial M for Moray bus transport service.
For details of all the services affected see 'The Northern Scot' print version.