Stagecoach celebrate £2.5million investment in luxury coaches for express bus
Archived news: published on Monday 05 Nov 2012 by Fife Council
Staff from Stagecoach, Fife Council and Visit Dunfermline with local councillors at launch
Stagecoach in Fife have launched 9 new vehicles for the company’s Fife-Glasgow express network this week. The branded buses were launched at the Glen Gates, Dunfermline on 5th November, by Stagecoach in Fife’s senior management team and representatives from Fife Council and Visit Dunfermline.
The new Plaxton Elite coaches are fitted with a special wheelchair lift for easy boarding, free wi-fi, and CCTV for passenger safety and security, as well as offering increased capacity with 65 leather seats.
At a total cost of £2.7Million, this boost for public transport in Fife follows an investment of over £1.9Million for 5 new vehicles for Fife-Edinburgh services in the past year.
Each vehicle features an individually branded rear highlighting some of the benefits of travelling by bus. These include the money-saving range of day and longer-term tickets, as well as the high frequency of Fife-Glasgow services, which depart up to every 20 minutes from Dunfermline, twice hourly from Kirkcaldy and Leven, and hourly from St Andrews.
The investment coincides with the launch of a new Fife-Glasgow timetable on 12th November, offering an additional X26 morning journey, departing from Leven at 5.50am and arriving in Glasgow at 8.04am. This, coupled with the increased capacity of the new vehicles, will benefit the many commuters who use the network.
Charlie Mullen, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Scotland, said: “We are delighted to continue investing in public transport in the Fife area and making improvements wherever we can to provide a high quality service for our customers.
“The new express vehicles are fitted with leather seats, free wi-fi and climate control. We also offer a great range of money-saving tickets, so passengers can enjoy luxury travel with a budget price tag.”
Cllr.Pat Callaghan, Fife Council’s Executive Member for Transport & Environment, added: “It’s great to hear that Stagecoach are making this significant investment in Fife’s bus services and are adding another early morning journey from Fife to Glasgow. Residents and visitors can now enjoy some of the most modern coaches for travel across Fife. Fifers already benefit from good connections to central Scotland and beyond, and this will be further enhanced when Halbeath Park & Choose opens next year.”
The new vehicles will enter service on 12th November on routes X24, X26 and X27, full timetable information is available in travel shops or online at www.stagecoachbus.com