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Stagecoach improves wheelchair accessibility on public transport in East Scotland

17 Jul 2018

A unique addition to the Stagecoach Express City Connect Network, Stagecoach East Scotland have announced an investment of 5 innovative new coaches for the Perth fleet which will operate along the popular X56 service from Perth to Edinburgh from mid July.

The Plaxton Panther LE coaches are an innovative new design which retains the same level of luxury as a typical Stagecoach Express coach with leather reclining seats, free wifi access, USB charging points, air conditioning and a luggage hold, whilst the front half of the vehicle features low level seating, improving accessibility for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues.

The new coaches will be used on the X56 route, serving Perth, Milnathort, Kinross, Kelty, Halbeath Park & Ride and Ferrytoll Park & Ride, offering journeys up to every hour to the capital.

Paul Thomas, Managing Director, Stagecoach East Scotland said: "The 5 new vehicles for the X56 route, feature leather reclining seats, free wifi access, USB charging points, air conditioning and a luggage hold. This new vehicle investment demonstrates our commitment to providing innovative, new vehicles and improving wheelchair accessibility on one of our routes to Edinburgh. It's important that we continue investing in our fleet across East Scotland and make improvements wherever we can to provide accessible luxury travel for our passengers."

To celebrate the investment, Stagecoach will be hosting a family event on Friday 20th July 2018. The event will be held from 10am to 2pm outside Perth Concert Hall and will include kids entertainment, giveaways and will showcase one of the new style coaches for the community to experience.

Stagecoach recently introduced 10 of the same coaches in West Fife and were launched by the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP.

These coaches will form part of Stagecoach East Scotland's wider, award winning Express City Connect Network. The network operates high-quality services across Fife and into Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Glasgow.

Stagecoach offer a vast range of great value tickets including single, return, daily, weekly and monthly tickets. Dayrider and megarider tickets provide unlimited travel for either one day or one week, ideal for commuters and daytrippers.