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15 Nov 2017
Stagecoach North Scotland have today announced a fleet of 10 brand new coaches that are to operate between Aberdeen and Inverness from November.
The coaches mark a £2.75 million investment from Stagecoach North Scotland. The new coaches will operate on the existing service 10 between Aberdeen and Inverness. The luxury coaches boast leather seats, free wi-fi, toilet and USB charging points. Passenger comfort is assured by climate control on board.
George Alexander, Moray Council Leader said: "As a regular user of Stagecoach bus services, I welcome the introduction of these fine new coaches. The modern and reliable vehicles will be particularly appreciated by those patients in Moray who use the service 10 to travel to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for treatment.
Service 10 carries over 700,000 passengers each year and is a vital transport link for commuters as well as those travelling for leisure. The new coaches will be very welcome news to the local communities transforming the experience of taking the bus between Aberdeen and Inverness.
The new vehicles are also equipped with the most up to date vehicle tracking system which means passengers will be able to track exactly when their bus will arrive by looking up their bus stop in the 'bus stops nearby' section of the Stagecoach mobile app or by visiting stagecoachbus.com.
Provost of Inverness, Councillor Helen Carmichael said: "I am delighted to welcome this substantial investment in the important link between two cities in the North. Connectivity both in transport links and digital access is vital to our economy thriving and this new service offers both."
Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director, Stagecoach North Scotland said: “This investment is all about delivering better coach services in our area. We are committed to encouraging more people to travel by bus and we hope that when the community see the new coaches they will make bus a better choice to fulfil their travel needs."
“The 10 new coaches demonstrate our investment in greener, more efficient vehicles that link communities, places of employment and essential services.”
"Our new vehicles will also be Euro VI compliant meaning we are also continuing our work to reduce our impact on the environment and improving air quality. Bus continues to be part of the solution for improving air quality in our towns and cities."
The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett said: “These 10 luxury coaches are bound to be very popular with travellers from Aberdeen and Inverness, and I’m sure they will lead to a greater number of people making business and leisure trips between the two cities. All of which will be great for business, tourism and the environment.”
All 10 coaches are expected to be on the road by the end of November with the first of the fleet arriving early in November 2017.