And finally… Countesswells steps up with replacement community bus service
An essential shuttle bus service has been provided for the residents of Countesswells following the number 44 Stagecoach route being temporarily stopped due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
When concerns were raised by residents who rely on the service to shop for essential supplies, developers behind the new community quickly stepped in to fund a twice-weekly bus service to transport residents directly to the nearest supermarket for essentials.
The special service represents a strong commitment by the developers for the wellbeing of the community’s 360 families.
To ensure the safety of passengers, operator Stagecoach is encouraging social distancing measures onboard all buses including sitting a safe distance from fellow passengers and using contactless payments wherever possible.
Karen Watt, community liaison officer at Countesswells, said: “When we heard the bus route was being suspended we were immediately concerned that it might leave some residents, who rely on public transport, stuck with no way to buy food for themselves or their families.
“It was really touching to see many neighbours offering assistance on our community Facebook page, but there was no doubt that we also wanted to step in and support the community.
“The new temporary service, which began this week offers a shuttle bus service to the nearest supermarket. Running twice a week, it provides the best flexibility we can, whilst lockdown measures are in place.”
A new local supermarket is planned to open early in 2021, forming the anchor for the new neighbourhood centre that is under construction.
Two primary schools and a new academy are also planned for Countesswells, which will eventually comprise 3,000 homes, along with healthcare facilities, local business units and shops, neighbourhood centres, green and civic spaces and extensive parkland.