Stagecoach North Scotland has launched a fleet of 8 brand new low floor buses that are to operate between Inverness and Elgin.
The buses mark a £1.1 million investment from Stagecoach North Scotland. The new buses will operate on the existing service 11 between Inverness and Inverness Airport as well as service 10 between Inverness and Elgin. The brand new buses boast leather seats, luggage racks, free wi-fi, and USB charging points.
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.
Service 11 carries over 250,000 passengers each year and is a vital transport link for commuters as well as those travelling to Inverness Airport. The new buses will transform the experience of taking the bus to the airport as bespoke luggage racks have been designed to accommodate those travelling with suitcases. Service 11 connects Inverness to Inverness Airport up to every 30 minutes and also extends to Nairn where it connects with service 10 to Elgin and Aberdeen. In August 2018 the service was revised to serve the new housing development at Tornagrain.
Service 10 operates from Inverness to Aberdeen and in November 2017 the company spent £2.85 million upgrading the coaches on this route. At that time the timetable was enhanced on the section of route between Inverness and Elgin to provide more service 10 journeys and 5 of the brand new low floor easy access buses unveiled today will operate on service 10 between Elgin and Inverness.
One of the new buses was unveiled at Inverness Airport by David Liston, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland with the deputy Lord Provost of Inverness, Coullior Bet McAllister.
David Liston, Managing Director, Stagecoach North Scotland said: “This investment is all about delivering better bus services in our area. We are committed to encourage more people to travel by bus and the new fleet will bring our investment in Moray and the Highlands to £3.85 million in brand new vehicles in the past 12 months.”
“We are delighted to be working with Inverness Airport to launch our new fleet and will continue to work together to encourage people to connect to the airport by bus ensuring our bus timetables are designed around the most popular flight arrival and departure times.”
The new vehicles are also Euro VI compliant which continues work to reduce the impact of the bus on the environment as well as improving air quality.
All 8 buses are expected to be on the road by the end of September with the first two buses in service later next week (week commencing 10th Sept).