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19 Sep 2019
Plans to boost the bus services in Elgin have been announced by Stagecoach North Scotland. An extension of one bus route will provide sustainable travel connections to and from Moray’s new £12 million sports centre.
From Monday 28th October, the 33A and 33C services will be revised to include a new stop at the recently opened facility. The existing bus route, which serves between Pinefield East Road, Elgin Bus Station and Lossiemouth James Square, will be extended to include Moray Sports Centre, which opened its doors for the first time in July.
Moray Sports Centre, located in Elgin, is a charity-run sports centre that aimed to combat the lack of sports facilities available in the area. With something for all of the family, the impressive centre has a wide range of space for activities including 8 badminton courts with capacity for over 500 spectators, a gym with extensive equipment, treatment rooms and restaurant.
Inclusiveness is seen throughout the centre to make it a place where everyone feels welcome with wide entrances and changing facilities. An inclusive play park is also under construction that will mean children can enjoy themselves together in a safe, accessible environment where no one is excluded.
The addition to the route by Stagecoach North Scotland will be beneficial to the community as it will allow for an increased number of locals, of all age and ability, the chance to stay healthy and active, as well as presenting a sustainable travel choice to the centre for the community.
David Liston, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: “We are delighted to be welcoming this fantastic new facility to our bus network in Elgin from the end of October. We are always looking for ways to make our bus services even more attractive in Moray and will be looking forward to welcoming new customers on board who are visiting the sports centre.”
Gail Cleaver, Operations Manager at Moray Sports Centre said: “We are delighted to be working closely with Stagecoach North Scotland in bringing this service to our centre. Since opening we have seen a great number of Moray residents using our facility and the route extension will only add to this.”
The 33A and 33C routes are operated by low floor easy access buses, with contactless payment facilities on board and live bus tracking available on the free Stagecoach app. The service is in operation 7 days a week and run every 30 minutes from Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sunday, providing a cross-city connection to the sports centre.
The new timetables will be available from Monday 7th October online at stagecoachbus.com.