· New fleet of 15 greener double deck vehicles for Cumbernauld-Glasgow routes from May 2016
· £1 million investment in depot refurbishment
Stagecoach West Scotland today (Tuesday 26th April 2016) opened their new base in Glencryan Road, Cumbernauld. The depot will officially open to staff this Saturday with operations being moved from its existing Blochairn depot in Glasgow.
As part of the launch the company is introducing a £4m fleet of 15 new state-of-the-art double decker buses in May to replace the existing vehicles used on Cumbernauld to Glasgow express services. The MMC400 double decker vehicles were built locally by Falkirk based Alexander Dennis.
The new buses will offer increased capacity and greater reliability whilst at the same time featuring high backed leather seats with seat belts, free wifi and USB charging points.
Passengers using the X25, X25A and X28 services will benefit from travelling on modern buses with some of the greenest engines in Europe.
The company has invested over £1 million refurbishing the depot modernising offices and staff facilities and improving the engineering workshop with new pit facilities.
The majority of staff based at the new depot have relocated from the Stagecoach Blochairn depot. There will be 160 drivers, 30 engineering staff and 18 managerial and administration staff based at the Cumbernauld facility.
Tom Bridge, Managing Director Stagecoach West Scotland said: "We are delighted to move to our new Cumbernauld facility which will give us a good platform to deliver higher quality bus services in the area. We have invested in a new fleet of buses for the local area as well as investing in the Cumbernauld depot with a significant refurbishment. We hope that our move will be a boost for the local community in terms of better bus services and future employment in the area.”