Passengers can travel to Aberdeen, Inverness and Moray in luxurious comfort, courtesy of Stagecoach’s new fleet of buses.
The luxury coaches – which are a £2.75 million investment by Stagecoach – boast leather seats, free wi-fi, toilet and USB charging points, as well as climate control, offering comfort to the 700,000 people that travel on the existing service 10 route 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 the Stagecoach website.
One of the new coaches was unveiled in Aberdeen by Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland with the Lord Provost of Aberdeen.
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.”
The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Barney Crockett, said: “These 10 luxury coaches are bound to be very popular with travellers from Aberdeen and Inverness, and I’m sure they will lead to a greater number of people making business and leisure trips between the two cities.
“All of which will be great for business, tourism and the environment.”
Provost of Inverness, Councillor Helen Carmichael, added: “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.”
And James Allan, Convener of Moray Council, said: “The route is a vital link to Inverness and Aberdeen for people in Moray, so I’m delighted to see the company invest in comfortable coaches for passengers.
“I’m sure that travelling in such style and comfort will help persuade more to use public transport rather than rely on their car.”
The new vehicles are also compliant with European regulations aimed at improving air quality and reducing the vehicles’ impact on the environment.
All 10 coaches are expected to be on the road by the end of November.