Buses could return to the Castlegate in Aberdeen to help take forward the beach masterplan.

The historic market square was pedestrianised in the early 1990s, but city planners have now been told to look at ways of opening it to public transport traveling from Union Street towards the beach.

The Press & Journal says councillors have agreed that officials should begin talks with bus firms about the appetite for a return ticket to the Castlegate.

It marks a change of heart from the SNP and Lib Dems running the local authority.

They previously outlined their vision for the square to be a “gateway” to the beach. But their proposed road forward, agreed after the 2022 local elections, only explicitly included improved connections for cyclists and pedestrians.

Lib Dem council co-leader Ian Yuill now says the Castlegate could be a through route so buses can travel down Union Street to the Castlegate, down Justice Street, onto the Boulevard and onto the beach area.

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