23 Jan 2015
Stagecoach East Scotland have announced details of timetable changes to a number of services across the network, including Express services, from 2nd February 2015.
Amongst the changes sees the introduction of more journeys between the North of Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh, beyond the peak time only journeys which operate at present.
The revised X61 service, from 2nd February, will operate every hour between Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh, originating from Thornton and serving Halbeath and Ferrytoll Park and Ride before Edinburgh, on a limited stop basis.
Currently the X61 operates one return journey per day, Monday to Friday between North Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh, intended for commuters travelling to the city, however the new timetable will offer regular journeys throughout the day, all week.
The X61 has also been expanded to serve a greater area of Kirkcaldy. The route will begin at Thornton, travelling through the Gallatown roundabout down St Clair Street, serving Victoria Hospital and via Chapel Level and Holly Brae before running direct to Halbeath P&R, Ferrytoll P&R and Edinburgh. Peak time journeys will also continue to operate through the Dunnikier Estate, Mondays to Fridays.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director, Stagecoach East Scotland said: "The expanded X61 service will offer so many more journey opportunities for residents in the North of Kirkcaldy, not only will there now be a direct service to/from Edinburgh every day, every hour Mondays to Saturdays and every 2 hours on Sundays, but it will also provide links to the two park and ride sites in Fife, allowing various other onwards travel options too.
"With our great value Fife megarider+ ticket, commuting to Edinburgh costs just £5.54 per day, and this ticket would allow for unlimited travel through Fife and to Edinburgh/Dundee/Stirling for no extra cost for the remainder of the week. Our megarider tickets can also be passed to family and friends when you're not using it so you can share travel costs if you don't need to travel every day!"
A 7 day Fife megarider+ ticket costs £27.70 and can be bought from the driver. The ticket offers unlimited travel within Fife and Clackmannanshire and as far as Edinburgh, Stirling, Dundee and Kinross.
Longer period tickets are available to buy at Stagecoach travel shops or online at www.stagecoachbus.com and cost less the longer period you buy. For example if you buy an annual ticket, daily travel within this zone would cost just £3.43.
The X61 service will be operated by high specification coaches already used on the Express network. The coaches feature reclining leather seats, air conditioning and free wifi access.
New timetables for the X61 service, as well as other timetable changes from 2nd February are available to pick up at Kirkcaldy bus station, or can be downloaded online at www.stagecoachbus.com.