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12 Nov 2015
Stagecoach North Scotland have unveiled a fleet of 17 brand new coaches that are to operate between Aberdeen and the north east coast.
Keith Brown MSP today launched the 17 British-built Plaxton Elite-i coaches at the AECC.
The coaches mark a £5.5 million investment from Stagecoach North Scotland. The new coaches will operate on existing routes 60, 63, 67 and 68. The luxury coaches boast leather reclining seats, free wi-fi, toilet, USB charging points and bike lockers. Passenger comfort is assured by climate control together with deep tinted windows.
The Buchan Xpress coaches will replace the current "Buchan Link" coaches that operate regularly between Fraserburgh / Peterhead / Ellon and Aberdeen carrying 25,000 passengers every week. This transport link is a vital one for commuters as well as those travelling for leisure therefore the new coaches will be welcome news to the community.
The new Buchan Xpress brand has been developed by the Stagecoach team based in Aberdeen to best reflect the luxury that the distinctive new vehicles will bring to bus users in the area.
Steve Walker, Managing Director, Stagecoach North Scotland said: “This investment is all about delivering better coach services in our area. We are committed to encourage more people to travel by bus and we hope that when the community see the new coaches they will be tempted to use the bus for their journey."
Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities said: “It is great to see this superb new fleet of Stagecoach buses, which will bring real benefits for passengers and the environment, hit the road. Alongside investment like this by operators such as Stagecoach, the Scottish Government is investing record amounts in public transport - providing over £250 million a year to fund the Bus Service Operators Grant as well as free bus travel for elderly and disabled concession card holders.
“We want to see quality and comfortable alternatives to the car through investment in greener, more efficient vehicles that can help link communities, people, places of business and employment and essential services. The new Buchan Xpress brand is an excellent example of the type of vehicle and service we want to see if we are to make bus travel an attractive option.”
All 17 Buchan Xpress coaches will be on the road from Monday 16th November. Minor timetable changes will take effect on Buchan Xpress routes from 14th December. Full timetable information for the BuchanXpress network is available at www.stagecoachbus.com