Bus operator Stagecoach is to cut services as it launches a review of its north Scotland operations.

The company said it has been unable to cover the cost of running its local network, with reduced passenger demand and higher costs among the reasons blamed.

From August, a number of services will be stopped in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, with changes made to others.

Other options being considered include the potential closure of its Stonehaven and Insch depots. A consultation is under way. The Unite union said meetings were planned.

Stagecoach said the current situation was no longer sustainable.

The company said it had met staff and trade unions and was consulting with workers.

There will also be discussions with local authorities in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

Services being withdrawn in Aberdeen include the 21A/22A/22B Cove and Torry to Lochside Academy routes.

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