Six month trial of Speyside bus to begin next week

Weekly dial-a-bus link for Tomintoul (Pic: Andrew’s Bus Stop)

A six month trial run for a new bus service in Speyside is set to begin next week – but only on one day each week.

Linking Tomintoul and Grantown-on-Spey, the initiative for the new service has come from Moray Council’s public transport unit who say that it will benefit not only residents but tourists.

The No.364 service will establish a link between the two towns for the first time with the trial set to run until October.

A spokesman for Moray Council said: “This is not a dial-a-bus service and there is no need to book in advance – the service is available to everyone and passengers simply need to turn up on time and pay their fare or show their concession card to the driver.”

The new service will operate one day each week with return journeys between the towns on Wednesday mornings and afternoons, departing the village square in Tomintoul at 9.10am and 12.30pm and returning from Grantown at 9.35am and 12.55am.

Chairman of the economic development and infrastructure committee at Moray Council is John Cowe, who said: “I have every confidence that this service will prove popular with local residents and visitors alike. User figures will be monitored and will be reported back to committee at the end of the six months and we will decide how to proceed from there.”

The return fare for the new service has been set at £6.50.

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