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02 Nov 2015
Stagecoach have announced plans to extend their X55 service which currently operates between Edinburgh and Dunfermline, to operate into Perth and Kinross from 23rd November 2015.
The new Express City Connect X55 will offer links up to every hour between Perth (Broxden Park & Ride and city centre bus station), Bridge of Earn, Milnathort, Kinross, Kelty, Dunfermline, Rosyth, Ferrytoll Park & Ride and Edinburgh, operating on a limited stop basis throughout.
An additional daily return journey will also operate on service X56 offering an even faster link from Perth, Kinross, Milnathort into Edinburgh.
In total, 12 journeys per day and each way on Mondays to Saturdays will operate between Perth and Edinburgh using services X55 and X56 from 23rd November.
On Sundays the X55 will continue to offer a 30 minute frequency between Dunfermline and Edinburgh with a two hourly service extending further north.
The route will continue to operate between Dunfermline and Edinburgh every 20 minutes, though all journeys will be numbered as X55 rather than the existing combination of 55 and X55 journeys.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director, Stagecoach East Scotland said: "Our award winning Express City Connect coach network offers luxury and great value travel and we're pleased we can now offer these coach services into Perthshire too.
With our great value megarider tickets, commuters travelling between Dunfermline and Kinross can enjoy 7 days' travel for just £28 with our Fife megarider+ ticket. Our drivers will even issue you with a StagecoachSmart card, which will store your megarider, ready for you to top it up on the bus when your ticket runs out, or online to start again whenever you like."
Stagecoach have confirmed that all normal Stagecoach tickets can be used on the route, within the relevant ticket boundaries.
The X55 journeys north of Dunfermline will be operated by high quality coaches, complete with free WiFi, air conditioning, phone charging power points and a toilet on board. X55 journeys southbound will be operated by a combination of these coaches and the existing low floor buses used on the route. All journeys are operated by wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Mr Jarvis continued: "Offering this new coach link opens up further travel opportunities for people in West Fife to travel into Perthshire, providing even better value when customers use our megarider and dayrider tickets. Using our East Scotland zone tickets provide unlimited travel across our whole network including Perthshire, Dundee and Angus and as far as Aberdeen in the North, Glasgow in the West and Edinburgh, Livingston and the airport in the South for as little as £6 per day."