Three people who live along the east coast have been sharing their stories about how the troubled bus service has impacted their lives.
The X7 route connects Dundee and Aberdeen, travelling up the A92 coast road through Arbroath, Montrose, St Cyrus, Inverbervie and Stonehaven.
According to the timetable, one bus is scheduled every hour.
But locals claim there have been cancellations every day since the new timetable was rolled out earlier this month – with the morning service most often axed.
Stagecoach has been regularly posting the cancellations on their Twitter page, blaming staff shortages.
However, they usually post at around 3am, causing one woman to get up in the middle of the night and share it with families who do not have Twitter.
Others don’t realise the buses have been cancelled, and are left waiting at the bus stop for hours.
They have shared their stories.
The war veteran
Carol Hutton recently moved to Johnshaven, between Montrose and Stonehaven.
She used to live in the remote village of Strathdon in the Cairngorms where there was no bus service at all.
After turning 61, the ex-security and intelligence soldier was looking forward to free buses but quickly realised there “wasn’t any point” due to the unreliability.
It has become especially difficult to travel to Edinburgh to see her partner who has severe PTSD from his service as a Royal Marine.
He was also recently diagnosed with a brain injury, thought to be sustained from fighting in the Battle of Two Sisters during the Falklands War.
But his condition makes travelling on an unreliable bus service a big problem.
Ms Hutton said: “If he was to get stranded, it would not end well. It is not a pretty sight. It is very distressing for people around him.”
Due to his mental health issues, Ms Hutton has asked for his name not to be used.
Ms Hutton said she can also not travel to Edinburgh to see him due to a recent industrial accident that has damaged her knees.
“I would love to just hop on a bus, but if I get stranded with my walking stick, how will I get home?” she said.
Due to the distance, Ms Hutton’s partner has become increasingly isolated in Edinburgh as the couple are unable to see each other.
She says Stagecoach’s apologies “just doesn’t cut it”.
Bob Anderson, 55, has lived in Kinneff for 15 years. He works as a carer in Stonehaven, which is a 15-minute bus journey away.
But this month he has already missed out on seven days of work due to buses not turning up.
If he does not get to work, he does not get paid. So far this month he has lost between £350 and £400.
He said: “I pay a monthly ticket costing £102, but it makes no difference if the buses don’t turn up.
“Care work is not the best-paid work, a lot of us don’t do it for the money, we do it because we like to care for people.
“But I struggle. I really do struggle some months.”
If the bus does not turn up at night he has to get a taxi home, which can cost £40. But he says he often only earns £50 for a five-hour shift, making work feel pointless.
He added “My boss is getting quite impatient. I might have to get alternative employment.”
Kenny MacLeod’s 17-year-old daughter has been travelling from Kinneff to Aberdeen for college.
But he says transport has “just been an absolute nightmare”.
She could not make it to college for two weeks and missed an assessment in the first week of October.
But if buses have been cancelled then expensive alternatives like trains, taxis and cars will be required by more young people along the east coast.
What have politicians been saying?
Independent councillor Alison Evison and Conservative councillor Laurie Carnie from Aberdeenshire’s Mearns ward have arranged a meeting with Stagecoach East.
Mrs Evison said: “I will outline there the problems being caused, particularly by regular service cancellations.
“I am aware that Stagecoach is facing difficult challenges of its own, but by meeting together we will hopefully be able to identify some ways in which the bus service can better meet local need.”
Angus North and Mearns SNP MSP Mairi Gougeon and Scottish Conservative North East MSP Tess White have both pledged their support to those affected.
What does stagecoach say?
A spokeswoman for Stagecoach East Scotland said: “We apologise to those who have been affected by cancelled journeys. Travel information for any affected routes is shared on Twitter every morning, as quickly as we are able to do so.
“We are operating every journey that we possibly can with the resources that are currently available to us.
“Unfortunately due to factors outwith our control, there can be instances where services are cancelled or delayed. Customers are encouraged to contact our customer service team directly for further assistance if this occurs.”