Growing anger over new priority bus routes in Aberdeen

Guild Street Aberdeen

MORE THAN 3,000 people have now signed a petition calling for the new priority bus routes in Aberdeen city centre to be scrapped.

As the final works for the new bus gates are being carried out in the city, the Press & Joural says residents are expressing their growing anger at the plans.

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A petition to scrap the new bus gates was set up in recent days and it has now reached more than 3,000 signatures.

Another two petitions have also been launched, further highlighting the problems the plans could create in the city centre.

The new measures have been widely criticised, with MSP Liam Kerr saying the plans have “no clear logic” to them.

The founder of the fastest-growing petition Scrap the New Bus Gates – Keep Aberdeen Accessible said the bus gates would hamper businesses and reduce footfall.

David Laing also added it also appears there would be no blue-badge exemption in place.

Commenting on the petition’s progress so far, he said the thousands of signatures marked a major milestone.

Mr Laing said: “The petition has gone from strength to strength, reaching over 3,000 signatures within days.

“Its success sends the council’s leadership a firm message against the new bus gates.

“While pressing ahead with unpopular, damaging decisions appears to be common practice for the council administration, I remain hopeful that, for once, they listen to the public and scrap the new bus gates.

“Failure to remove them would be to the detriment of many businesses and further disadvantage people with disabilities.”

Despite the apparent anger towards the new measures, Aberdeen City Council has said there were no plans at this time to amend them.

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