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Festive Travel

View our timetables before setting off this festive season

Hello everyone. The most wonderful time of the year is here! 

You can view our full festive timetables below or on our Service Updates page.

Also, this year we will be looking back at 12 positive things that Stagecoach East Scotland have been involved in over the past 12 months. This will be the Stagecoach East Scotland 12 Days of Christmas.

12 days of Christmas

Stagecoach 12 Days of Christmas

Day 1 - Stagecoach driver repairs local school’s playhouse

Over the summer at St Leonards Primary School which is close to our Dunfermline Depot it was pointed out to the Duty Supervisor from the Janitor of the school that the children’s playhouse had been vandalised.

Steven Connelly who is the Relief Supervisor at our Dunfermline Depot and previously a joiner heard about this and on his own accord went along to the school that evening and fixed the children’s playhouse.

The school janitor would notice the playhouse fixed the next morning and made the effort to offer his thanks for the kind gesture. 

Day 2 - Stagecoach benefits from investment in new electric buses

In March, we announced that a further 46 new fully electric buses as part of our drive to improve air quality and support the Scottish Government’s environmental targets with 9 electric single-deckers for use in Perth. The buses will be in use on Perth routes 1 and 2.

The investment in Perth was £4.4 million with funding made available through Scottish Government’s Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme.

This initiative helps bus companies to invest in electric vehicles and associated infrastructure to support a green recovery out of the coronavirus pandemic, improve air quality and advance Scotland’s ambitions for a net-zero economy.

The investment also provides a boost for Scotland’s bus manufacturing sector, helping to protect and grow jobs in Scotland. The new electric buses have been built in Falkirk by leading independent global bus manufacturer ADL in partnership with BYD, the company’s partner for electric buses in the UK and Ireland. 

Day 3 - Stagecoach drivers rewarded in safe and fuel-efficient driving scheme

A total of 314 Stagecoach Bus drivers across Stagecoach East Scotland were awarded Fleet Elite status in April. They also received a special badge, under a comprehensive driving safety measurement programme managed by GreenRoad, whose safety and telematics system serves professional drivers in the UK, Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, America, Australia and New Zealand.

18 of the 314 drivers were awarded Gold status, 58 were awarded Silver and 108 received a Bronze certificate. 130 drivers achieved the prestigious Master Fleet Elite status which means that they have maintained the Fleet Elite rating for four or more consecutive years. 

Day 4 - Celebrating 60 years of serving Fife communities

This past May we celebrated our 60 years of serving Fife communities. We had a look at our shared history, from the red, cream and gold livery of W. Alexander & Sons (Fife), established in 1961 and known as Fife Scottish from the 70s, though to Stagecoach’s takeover of those operations in 1991 and beyond.

Click the link to enjoy going through our anniversary timeline that details all the key dates from our history, play the Where’s our Bus game and have a look at the winners of our bus of the future design competition.

Also, the Stagecoach East Scotland Managing Director went through the importance of fleetlists as a tangible record of the history of our industry in this wonderful blog

Day 5 - Memorial Bench in Perth

In memory of members of the Stagecoach team we lost due to COVID-19 and all the other valued members of the family who are no longer with us we teamed up with the Woodland Trust to create special memorial areas within woodland in Scotland, England and Wales.

The memorial area in Scotland is in Perth. It is at Moncreiffe Hill with a bench and trees planted in the woodland area to mark all the members of Stagecoach that we have lost during the pandemic and give colleagues somewhere to go to remember friends. 

Day 6 - Wellbeing on Wheels rolls out across Fife

This past summer we started a partnership with mental health charity SamH (Scottish Association for Mental Health). The initiative was the Sam’s Wellbeing on Wheels where Fifers could access information and get 1 to 1 mental health support on board a Stagecoach bus.

The mental health initiative launched on Monday 14th June at Halbeath Park and Ride which was attended by Fife Provost Jim Leishman and representatives from Stagecoach, SamH and NHS Fife Health and Social Care.

The initiative lasted for a week, taking place in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Leven and locals were invited to come along and get support if they needed it with no appointment necessary.

K107 FM, the Kirkcaldy community radio station also backed the Sam’s Wellbeing on Wheels initiative by broadcasting information about events on air each day throughout the week. 

Day 7 - Discounted bus travel for NHS Scotland workers

Stagecoach and NHS Scotland partnered together to offer discounted travel to all 140,000 NHS staff in Scotland. The partnership also provides a more sustainable solution to unnecessary car trips and expensive car parking. Also, this supports the Scottish Government’s climate change targets to reduce car km by 20% in the next decade.

We have opened up a 10% discount offer to all NHS employees in Scotland on their bus travel. NHS employees can access the discounted ticket through a special section on the NHS Staff Benefits portal, which directly links to the Stagecoach app. 

Day 8 - Free Bus for Nourish Support Group and Karen High

This year we have managed to give back and help some charities with their events.

On Tuesday 3rd August we provided a free bus to Nourish Support Group who assist families who have children with additional support needs. The free bus was to transport them to their annual summer outing to Cairney Fruit Farm. The bus was supplied by the Aberhill depot.

Also, in September our Rennies depot supplied a free bus for the Karen High cancer fundraising event and discounted coach hires to the Souter Charitable Trust for school coach trips. 

Day 9 - Launch of Flexi 5 Ticket

In March we introduced a new fare structure across Scotland to make it easier for passengers to travel across the country.

As part of the improvements for customers we introduced the new flexible ticket called Flexi 5. The Flexi 5 ticket offers five day tickets for the price of four, to help meet the changes in travel patterns when lockdown was eased in the spring.

Customers are now able to purchase a bundle of five tickets and have the whole month to use them which offers better value and flexibility than the traditional weekly MegaRider ticket.

The Flexi 5 ticket is available to purchase via the Stagecoach mobile app.

Day 10 - Stagecoach welcomes three new apprentices in Fife

This past September, Stagecoach East Scotland hired three new engineering apprentices, one of them being the very first female apprentice.

The three apprentices have taken up positions at our Glenrothes, Aberhill and Dunfermline depots.

The three new additions brought the total number of apprentices in East Scotland to 18, but four apprentices would complete their fourth and final year in the autumn. All four who have finished their apprenticeship have found permanent placements within the business. 

Day 11 - Try The Bus session for young people in Perth with support needs

On Wednesday 6th October, we visited Fairview School in Perth with the view of helping build the confidence of young people with support needs around public transport.

18 pupils boarded a Stagecoach bus in small groups, providing a chance to explore and try out the bus in a relaxed environment. They were able to experience how to board a bus with the accessibility features for wheelchair users, how the ticketing system works and were also given a short trip to replicate a real-life journey.

For several years, Stagecoach has supported the Scottish Government's Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) initiative, which is designed to better prepare young people for the world of work.

As well as providing apprenticeships, Stagecoach has been involved with DYW regional groups set up to connect employers with education. The company offers work experience and work placement opportunities and many of its employees have been involved in mentoring programmes to help build the skills and confidence of young people.

Day 12 - Free travel for veterans and military personnel

On the 11th and 14th November we offered veterans and military personnel free bus travel right across the UK as part of our commitment to the armed forces.

Our commitment to free travel for our veterans and military will be ongoing every year. We have been a long-time supporter of the Poppy Appeal, and as well as the offer of free travel on the 11th and 14th November we displayed a special poppy vinyl on vehicles across the Stagecoach East Scotland fleet.

Also, we have launched our employee led Veterans Network. The network was launched to allow Stagecoach colleagues to come together as one voice to make change, raise awareness, help influence business decisions and introduce new ways of working to make the company even stronger. The Veterans Network is also engaging with the armed forces on a recruitment campaign directly targeting those who are leaving the military to find job opportunities at Stagecoach.