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New Aviemore hospital included in Stagecoach bus timetable revisions

By Gavin Musgrove

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David Beaton, MD of Stagecoach Highlands
David Beaton, MD of Stagecoach Highlands

Stagecoach Highland has confirmed that its local services will call in at the new hospital in Aviemore.

It is part of bus timetables changes in Badenoch and Strathspey coming into effect from Monday.

Company chiefs have said a series of revisions have been made to bus services operating between Aviemore and Inverness following the phased opening of the hospital this week.

It will welcome bus service connections from Carrbridge, Grantown, Newtonmore and Kingussie.

Meanwhile Service M39 will be revised to speed up bus journey times between Inverness, Newtonmore, Kingussie and Aviemore.

This service will also provide a direct connection to UHI Campus and Inverness Shopping Park, meaning there will no longer be a need to change buses in Inverness city centre to connect from the strath.

A new Sunday service will also be trialled with two return trips between Aviemore and Newtonmore, this service will operate for the first time on Sunday October 10th.

David Beaton, managing director for Stagecoach Highlands, said: “The latest timetable change will be welcome news to our customers with connections to the new community hospital as well as direct connections to the UHI Campus and Inverness Shopping Park.

"I know our fantastic team of drivers who operate these services out of our Aviemore depot will look forward to welcoming more people back on board our services in the area.”

Stagecoach said it has taken extensive action to protect the safety of its customers and staff with a number of additional measures in place including enhanced cleaning regimes.

Contactless payments are being encouraged wherever possible and customers are urged to plan their trip in advance, avoiding peak times where possible.

Face coverings should be worn for the duration of the journey unless exempt. Customers can also check how busy the bus is likely to be before it arrives at the stop using the free Stagecoach mobile app.

Full details of the new timetables are available here

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