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Crematorium bus service backed by councillors

15/01/13

Aberdeen City Council's Housing and Environment committee today [Tuesday 15 January] approved plans to implement a subsidised bus service between Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the crematorium at Hazlehead.

The service has been designed so that the buses arrive in advance of as many crematorium services as possible.

A report before today's committee said that 25,000 of funding for the bus service has been identified from the Common Good Fund which would help subsidise fares to ensure they remain low for adults and children alike.

The committee agreed to:

approve the implementation of a subsidised bus service between Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Aberdeen Crematorium for a one year trial period;

approve the fare level of 70p for an adult single, 1 for an adult return, 35p for a child single and 50p for a child return;

request officers to report back to the Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure Committee on the level of use and performance of the service.

Early investigations into the implementation of such a service suggested it could be managed in-house using existing council resources. However, on further investigation it was concluded that this would not be suitable due to limited availability of drivers and an insufficient number of wheelchair accessible vehicles.

An external operator has now been identified to run the service.

Housing and Environment convener, Councillor Neil Cooney said: "The crematorium bus in its previous form was a much loved and treasured service that was sorely missed when it was stopped a few years ago. Since then, I have had numerous conversations with members of the public who told me they greatly benefited from the service and were keen to see it reinstated.

"Many people who travel to the crematorium are elderly and they are going there to pay their respects to loved ones and relatives. Not everyone has the enjoyment of a car and some existing bus services simply do not suit the needs of everyone. It is fantastic that we can now press ahead with our own subsidised service and I am in no doubt that many residents will see a real benefit from this."