Luxury coaches take to the road

The new Stagecoach Buchan Express coaches
The new Stagecoach Buchan Express coaches

A fleet of 17 new coaches have taken to the road between Aberdeen and North Aberdeenshire.

The buses, launched last Thursday by Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Keith Brown, mark a £5.5 million investment from Stagecoach North Scotland.

The vehicles will operate on existing routes 60, 63, 67 and 68.

Amiong the features are leather reclining seats, free wi-fi, toilet, USB charging points and bike lockers.

The Buchan Xpress coaches are replacing the current “Buchan Link” vehicles that operated regularly between Fraserburgh/Peterhead/ Ellon and Aberdeen carrying 25,000 passengers a week.

The new Buchan Xpress brand has been developed by the Stagecoach team, based in Aberdeen.

Steve Walker, Stagecoach North Scotland managing director, said: “This investment is all about delivering better coach services in our area. We are committed to encourage more people to travel by bus and we hope that when the community see the new coaches they will be tempted to use the bus for their journey.”

Mr Brown said: “It is great to see this superb new fleet of Stagecoach buses, which will bring real benefits for passengers and the environment, hit the road.

“Alongside investment like this by operators such as Stagecoach, the Scottish Government is investing record amounts in public transport - providing over £250 million a year to fund the Bus Service Operators Grant as well as free bus travel for elderly and disabled concession card holders.

“We want to see quality and comfortable alternatives to the car through investment in greener, more efficient vehicles that can help link communities, people, places of business and employment and essential services.

“The new Buchan Xpress brand is an excellent example of the type of vehicle and service we want to see if we are to make bus travel an attractive option.”

Minor timetable changes will take effect on Buchan Xpress routes from Monday, December 14.

Full timetable information for the BuchanXpress network is available at www.stagecoachbus.com