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Stagecoach upgrade the Taylink 99 route

14 Aug 2018

Stagecoach East Scotland launched 15 brand new luxury vehicles on Friday 10 August for the popular Taylink 99 service between St Andrews and Dundee.

The £2.5m investment was celebrated by launch events at Slessor Gardens in Dundee and Leuchars (formerly RAF Leuchars) on Friday 10 August. Both events were attended by senior management from Stagecoach, local Councillors and Council officers.

The launch also coincides with the introduction of a new timetable for the route, offering an improved frequency of up to every 7-8 minutes.  The Taylink 99 offers travel across St Andrews, linking the Community Hospital, student accommodation and retail opportunities in the centre, as well as up to 6 trips per hour to Dundee.  The route also stops at Leuchars rail station, offering frequent connections for rail travellers, and stops at Dundee rail station and bus station. 
The fleet of new Enviro 200 MMC buses will improve journey quality for the passengers travelling on the popular Taylink 99, offering the latest in luxury bus travel with high-backed leather seats, free wi-fi access and USB charging points.  They also have Euro VI engines, the best environmental engine standards available today, helping to reduce emissions even more and improve air quality across North East Fife and in the city of Dundee.

Paul Thomas, Managing Director for Stagecoach East Scotland said: “We are excited to launch these excellent new vehicles and improved frequency, demonstrating our commitment to providing high-quality services and making public transport easier.”

A public launch event will take place on Friday 17 August to celebrate the new buses. The event will be held from 11am to 1pm in St Andrews outside Madras College on South Street and will include entertainment provided by Tay FM, giveaways and will showcase one of the newly branded buses for the community and visitors to experience.
Mr Thomas continued: “These buses really are the latest in travel comfort, so we’re keen for people who perhaps haven’t used a bus in years to step on board at this event. The Taylink 99 route is popular with commuters, students and visitors to both Dundee and St Andrews - we look forward to welcoming everyone on board.”

The investment by Stagecoach marks a timely improvement to the public transport network, prior to some major cultural developments on the route - the opening of the long anticipated V&A in Dundee being the must-see attraction for Scotland, opening in September. The Taylink 99 service will be stopping just outside the museum, providing an ideal public transport option for visitors.