Stagecoach Invest £2.75 Million in New Luxury Coaches for The Highlands

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Tuesday November 14 2017

L to R - Cllr Lobban Cllr Carmichael Mark Whitelocks Stagecoach Cllr McAllister.

Stagecoach North Scotland have launched a fleet of 10 brand new coaches that are to operate between Aberdeen and Inverness.

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.

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 Inverness and Aberdeen.

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.

One of the new coaches was unveiled in Inverness by Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland with the Lord Provost of Inverness as well as the Highland Council Convener.

Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director, Stagecoach North Scotland said:

“This investment is all about delivering better bus 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.”

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."

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 10 coaches are expected to be on the road by the end of November with the first three coaches in service this week.

 

 

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