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31 May 2017
Stagecoach East Scotland have increased the frequency of service between Fife and Glasgow, including additional coaches operating into Forth Valley Royal Hospital and via Cumbernauld.
At present, Stagecoach route X27 operates from Fife, via Kincardine and Forth Valley Royal Hospital before calling at Cumbernauld and then Glasgow Buchanan bus station. The route operates approximately every hour each day (with some early morning journeys operated by route X24).
Stagecoach are making changes to their multi award winning Express network from 5 June, which will see an increase in the number of coach journeys calling at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, therefore providing onwards links to and from Glasgow via Cumbernauld.
The frequency increase means there will be express coach journeys between Cumbernauld and Glasgow every 15 minutes. Alongside the double deck journeys provided by Stagecoach West Scotland, customers in Cumbernauld area will benefit from up to 7 journeys per hour to Glasgow city centre.
The increase opens up more journey opportunities for Cumbernauld residents to various key locations in Glasgow - route X24 operates to Glasgow Buchanan bus station, then continues to Braehead Shopping Centre and Glasgow Airport. Routes X25 and X28 offer easy travel options for students at Strathclyde University, stop outside Glasgow Royal Infirmary and service X25A even extends to Glasgow University on certain journeys.
From 5 June, route X24 and new route X26 will both stop at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, which will provide a journey to Glasgow every 30 minutes, 7 days a week (some Sunday journeys will be operated by X27).
The increase opens up more journey opportunities for residents in the Falkirk and Larbert areas boarding the coaches at the hospital site. Route X24 operates to Glasgow Buchanan bus station, then continues to Braehead Shopping Centre and Glasgow Airport.
The revised routes also offer more travel opportunities to locations in Fife and Edinburgh, with route X24 operating to Dunfermline, Halbeath P&R (for additional journey connections to Edinburgh and Edinburgh Airport), Glenrothes and St Andrews and route X26 operating to Dunfermline, Halbeath P&R, Glenrothes and Leven - where onward travel is available along the scenic East Neuk.
All of the coach journeys operating between Fife and Glasgow are operated by luxury coaches, fitted with toilets, reclining leather seats, free wi-fi access and phone charging points.
Jon Oakey, Acting General Manager, Stagecoach East Scotland said: "Our services between Fife and Glasgow have proved to be very popular, with passenger numbers using the routes continuing to increase year on year, so much so that we've taken the decision to increase the overall frequency. This greatly improves the number of journeys we can divert via Forth Valley Royal Hospital, providing even more direct coach links to the Falkirk and Larbert communities - including a brand new public transport link to Glasgow Airport. It also provides even more direct journeys between Cumbernauld and Glasgow.
"With our great value tickets available on the network, now available to buy from the driver, online, via an app or in a travel shop, it's never been easier to use public transport for regular journeys and we look forward to connecting more people in this area to where they need to be."
The Express City Connect network, operated by Stagecoach East Scotland, recently won the Gold award for Top Express Operation at the UK Coach Awards, for the third year running. Mr Oakey continued: "This incredible achievement is a testament to the dedicated staff working on our express network and the commitment we make to improve the standard of vehicle and service we can provide on these routes."
Stagecoach also launched a new smartphone app last year which provides location based journey planning, live bus arrivals and mobile tickets. The range of mobile tickets available on the app was recently extended to include 7 day megarider tickets, therefore providing a card payment option for regular travellers with the relevant megarider ticket instantly available to use on a phone.