Westhill Litter Pick

Please join us on our Litter Pick on Saturday (15th August). We start at 10:00 at the Westhill Tennis Court Car Park and will pick for only one hour. We will provide all the kit that you need but please bring gloves. All are welcome. Give it a try. It can be a fun walk in the park.

For more info contact Raymond Swaffield – swaffies@talktalk.net

Blue Glove Litter

If you use the blue disposable gloves while getting vehicle fuel, could you please ensure that they are disposed of correctly. The bag below demonstrates how many gloves one of our volunteer litter pickers collected in the area surrounding the Tesco Store, in one session, a few days ago.

Further Changes to Bus Timetable

Changes to bus services from Monday 30 March

 Update from Stagecoach Bluebird on changes to timetables

  • Any comments on the revised timetables encouraged through  www.stagecoachbus.com/coronavirus
  • Stagecoach continue to help tackle challenging situation
  • Safety and well-being of customers and bus employees  remains top priority

    Stagecoach Bluebird has provided an update on further changes being made to its timetables in response to government advice on avoiding non-essential travel.

    Further revised timetables will be in place from Monday 30th March and are now available at stagecoachbus.com.  These temporary timetables ensure that critical routes are maintained and will operate across the region until further notice.

    Following an analysis of the demand for bus services in the area at this time, the frequency of most services will be reduced but will still cater for essential shopping trips to be made. Feedback received since Monday 23rd March has been used to develop the reduced timetables and will better cater for shift patterns of key workers who still rely on the bus to commute to work.

Peter Knight, managing director for Stagecoach Bluebird said: “We continue to play a crucial role in ensuring that key workers, such as NHS staff and the people vital to the food supply chain, can get into work.

“We have worked hard with our temporary timetables to ensure that we are continuing to serve critical routes. If our customers feel we haven’t got things quite right, then we’d really like to receive any comments through our dedicated feedback form which can be found at stagecoachbus.com.

“I’m extremely proud of the way in way our team across Aberdeenshire and Moray is pulling together to ensure that we can continue to deliver our services.  They are key workers too and I would like to thank them for their continued support and resilience in these challenging times.”

In addition to enhanced cleaning regimes, Stagecoach has taken extensive action to protect the safety of its customers and staff with a number of additional measures in place. Contactless payments are being encouraged wherever possible and social distancing guidelines are being displayed on buses.

Customers can stay up to date with all the latest news from Stagecoach on Twitter @StagecoachBBird or by signing up to their email mailing list. Full details are available at stagecoachbus.com.

Westhill Kingswells Guide from 30 March

Changes to Bus Services

Please see below a release from Stagecoach Bluebird regarding changes to bus services in Aberdeenshire and Moray from Monday 23rd March 2020.

Timetables are all available to at :-

https://www.stagecoachbus.com/service-updates/serviceupdatesarticle?SituationId=ID-19/03/2020-17:02:51:062

CHANGES TO BUS SERVICES IN ABERDEENSHIRE AND MORAY

  • Measures reflect reduced travel and keeping key workers communities connected
  • Temporary reduced service to operate from Monday 23rd March
  • Changes follow new government advice on social contact + non-essential travel
  • Stagecoach support for national effort to help tackle challenging situation
  • Safety and well-being of customers and bus employees  remains top priority
  • Full details of new timetables available online at stagecoachbus.comTemporary changes to bus services in Aberdeenshire and Moray are being introduced by Stagecoach from Monday 23rd March following new government advice around social contact and non-essential travel to help combat the coronavirus.
     A reduced timetable will operate across the region until further notice. The timetables have been carefully created to ensure that critical routes are maintained wherever possible.

    The majority of bus services in Aberdeenshire and Moray will operate to a Sunday timetable with additional journeys in the mornings to allow those continuing to commute by bus to work can do so, 7 days a week. Discounted bus travel continues to be available for NHS staff commuting with Aberdeen zone 2 (zone 2 covers services in the city centre and to Balmedie, Westhill and Portlethen). The discounted 7-day bus ticket is available to purchase direct from any Stagecoach bus driver.
    The reduction in service follows extensive action by bus operators to enhance cleaning regimes and protect the safety and well-being of customers and employees.

Peter Knight, Managing Director for Stagecoach Bluebird said: “Along with other bus operators and key sectors, we are working hard to support the national effort to tackle the current challenging situation.

“The safety of our customers and our employees is at the heart of everything we do and the vast majority of the workforce cannot work from home. We also know that our bus services play a vital role in keeping the country running and ensuring key sector personnel get to work.

“Following the latest government advice, we have reviewed our timetables and made temporary changes which reflect the reduced level of travel. Our objective has been to focus resources on where we know they are needed most at this time.

“We are working hard to best maintain essential services, safeguard jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of a sector which is central to our economy and communities.

“I want to reassure all members of the community that Stagecoach Bluebird remains closely engaged with a number of local and national stakeholders to ensure that our services meet the needs of the communities that we proudly serve, in what is a dynamic situation.”

Since the impact of the coronavirus in the UK, Stagecoach has implemented additional hygiene measures to protect passengers, frontline bus workers and office-based staff.

In addition to well-established and rigorous cleaning regimes, there has been more frequent cleaning of main customer touch-points on buses, such as hand poles and grab rails.
Travel shops in Aberdeen, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Elgin and Inverness will also close until further notice.
Customers can stay up to date with all the latest news from Stagecoach on Twitter @StagecoachBBird or by signing up to their email mailing list, full details are available at stagecoachbus.com.

Litter Pick Cancelled

The Litter Pick planned for Saturday (21st March) has had to be cancelled due to the risk from the COVID virus. The future dates for litter picks as advertised in the Bulletin will also need to be cancelled until the crisis is over.