Changes to local bus services

Published on Tuesday 8 October 2019

From Friday 11 October 2019, MW Nicoll will no longer operate local bus services.

Angus and Aberdeenshire Councils are securing replacement services for journeys that were subsidised by the councils.

This information relates to the following routes -

Angus Council subsidised services:

Service 30 (Montrose – Brechin – Stracathro Hospital/Edzell)

This is currently being re-tendered by Angus Council and a replacement should be in place on 12 October with no break in service. The timetable will remain unchanged.

Service 47 (Montrose Town Service)

This service is currently being re-tendered by Angus Council and a replacement should begin operation on 12 October with no break in service.  The commercially-operated journeys at 10.30 from Ferryden and 11.00 from Midgrip Cottages have not been tendered.  There are no other timetable changes.

Services 47A and 47B (Hedderwick/Midgrip Cottages – Montrose Academy)

Both services are currently being re-tendered by Angus Council and a replacement should begin operation on 21 October with no break in service. The timetable will remain unchanged.

Service 34 (Brechin Town Service (Saturdays))

This service is currently being re-tendered by Angus Council and a replacement should begin operation on 12 October with no break in service. The timetable will remain unchanged.

Aberdeenshire Council subsidised services:

Service 9 (Montrose – Laurencekirk)

On Mondays to Fridays - this will be operated by Smith and Sons Ltd. Journeys from Laurencekirk at 6.25am and 7.50am and journeys from Montrose at 4.05pm and 11.10pm will no longer operate. Smith and Sons will serve Craigo village towards Montrose at 7.23am, 09.13am, 10.13am and 11.13am and from Montrose on request from 9.30am onwards. These journeys were operated commercially by MW Nicoll.  All other times are unchanged.

On Saturdays - this service will be operated by Stagecoach. The commercially-operated journey from Laurencekirk at 6.25am will no longer operate. Likewise, Stagecoach will not serve Craigo village, as these journeys were previously operated commercially by MW Nicoll. All other times are unchanged.

Service 29 (Edzell – Laurencekirk)

This service will be operated by Smith and Sons Ltd on Aberdeenshire schooldays only.  There are no changes to the timetable, however, this service will be withdrawn at the end of 2019 and will not operate when the school term starts in 2020.