Stagecoach Highland has provided an update on changes being made to bus timetables in the Badenoch & Strathspey area from Monday 4th October.
Shorter journey times connecting Inverness from Newtonmore, Kingussie and Aviemore using Service M39.
Services from Carrbridge, Grantown on Spey, Newtonmore and Kingussie will serve the new Badenoch and Strathspey Community Hospital.
New links from Badenoch and Strathspey with UHI Campus and Inverness Shopping Park.
New Sunday service between Aviemore, Kingussie and Newtonmore.
Following the completion of the new Badenoch & Strathspey Community Hospital a series of revisions will be made to bus services operating between Aviemore and Inverness.
The new NHS facility is one of two community hospitals for NHS Highland in a £40million project and next week will welcome bus service connections from Carrbridge, Grantown-on-Spey, Newtonmore and Kingussie.
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 the Shopping Park, meaning there will no longer be a need to change buses in Inverness city centre to connect from Badenoch & Strathspey.
A new Sunday service will also be trialled with 2 return trips between Aviemore and Newtonmore, this service will operate for the first time on Sunday 10th October.
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 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.