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03 May 2018
Stagecoach have announced plans to extend their X51 service which currently operates between Fife and Livingston, to continue into Glasgow from Monday 14 May 2018.
The Express City Connect X51 will offer links up to every hour between Dunfermline, Rosyth, Ferrytoll park and ride, South Queensferry, Kirkliston, Livingston, Harthill, Maxim Office Park in Eurocentral and Glasgow Buchanan bus station - providing a limited stop luxury coach journey throughout.
The development will provide the only direct bus link between South Queensferry/ Kirkliston/ Livingston and Glasgow, allowing customers in these areas to commute with ease without multiple vehicle changes, with journey times scheduled to take just over one hour from Livingston.
The service will operate 7 days a week, allowing customers to commute to Livingston, the central business area Maxim Office Park at Eurocentral and Glasgow city centre whilst weekend day trippers can also enjoy a hassle free journey to The Centre, Livingston for a day at the shops.
For villages in South Fife, the route could provide a quicker journey to Glasgow without the need to change buses at Dunfermline or Halbeath P&R, or customers could use the interchange point at Ferrytoll P&R to leave cars behind as an alternative.
The X51 route will be operated by express coaches, which form part of the award winning Express City Connect network from Stagecoach East Scotland. The coaches are wheelchair accessible and offer leather seating, free wifi access, air conditioning and luggage compartments.
Paul Thomas, Managing Director, Stagecoach East Scotland said: "Our award winning Express City Connect coach network offers luxury and great value travel and we're pleased to offer more services for those in West Lothian. In addition, we hope this route will also benefit our current customers living in areas across South Fife, providing them with a link to Glasgow without having to make the journey to Halbeath park and ride or Dunfermline bus station."
Stagecoach have confirmed that the range of Stagecoach ticket types can be used on the route, within the relevant ticket boundaries. The Fife dayrider/megarider + tickets currently provide value for money for those commuting between Fife and Livingston and the zone boundaries will be extended slightly to include all new stops in Livingston. The Glasgow+ ticket boundary will also be extended to cover journeys between Livingston and Glasgow for £25.20 per week (7 day megarider ticket). The East Scotland dayrider/megarider ticket zones continue to offer travel from Fife to Glasgow for £15.60 for a day ticket, or £45.20 for a 7 day megarider ticket, providing unlimited travel on the full network of services across East Scotland.
Timetables for the new X51 Express City Connect route is available to download here, where live bus times and ticket information is also available. Customers can download the StagecoachBus app to plan a journey, view live bus arrivals, locate the nearest bus stop and buy mobile tickets.