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02 Aug 2019
• Journeys now up to every 20 minutes from Glenrothes & Kirkcaldy to Edinburgh
• New & cheaper day return fares for many routes
• Reliability and frequency improvements
Stagecoach have announced new and improved services across their Express City Connect network, which come into effect from 29 July 2019.
The changes follow a review of Stagecoach East Scotland’s network of services and consultation with customers and local councils.
Stagecoach East Scotland’s Express City Connect network operates high quality coach services across Fife and into Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen. Customer feedback showed a demand for a higher frequency of Express services between Fife and Edinburgh, as well as quicker journey times.
The award-winning Express City Connect Network will offer additional routes, faster journeys and improved frequencies from Monday. New and improved day return tickets will also be available for journeys into Edinburgh and Glasgow on the Express network, making Stagecoach’s luxury coach services an attractive option for day trippers.
Kirkcaldy sees major improvements to Edinburgh, with service X60 now operating up to every 20 minutes during the day and rerouted via Chapel and Halbeath Park & Ride to offer faster journeys and greater choice of boarding points. Customers boarding at Chapel can reach the city centre within 45 minutes, for an introductory price of only £7 return.
Both Glenrothes and Cowdenbeath gain an improved frequency to and from Edinburgh with the hourly X54 replaced by service X61, offering two journeys per hour. This gives Glenrothes a 20 minute frequency from Edinburgh for much of the daytime. Similarly to Kirkcaldy, introductory return fares are just £7.
The introduction of services X52, X57 and X61 will increase services from Ferrytoll Park & Ride to Edinburgh to up to every 4 minutes at peak times and services from Halbeath Park & Ride to Edinburgh will run up to every 10 minutes during the day.
Services from Fife into Dundee have also been improved, with new links from Kirkcaldy and Leven on service X58. Service X54 will provide hourly, low-floor journeys between Ninewells to Cupar and Glenrothes. Combined with services X26 and X58, journeys between Cupar and Dundee will run up to every 20 minutes.
Furthermore, a new introductory day return flat fare of £10 for journeys between West Fife and Glasgow will be available, cutting the cost of travelling from Dunfermline by up to £6.
Douglas Robertson, Stagecoach East Scotland Managing Director said: “Thank you to everyone who provided feedback during our consultation period. These changes have come about after much discussion and we are satisfied that they offer our customers increased reliability, improved frequency and better value.”
The Express City Connect network has received the accolade of Top Express Operation at the UK Coach Awards four times (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019), as well as numerous commendations for the successful operation of individual routes forming the network and for marketing campaigns undertaken to promote the routes.