Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”), has announced that it has delivered 18 Plaxton Panorama double deck coaches to Scottish Citylink and its contracted operators. The coaches upgrade the Citylink 900 route between Glasgow and Edinburgh, one of Europe’s most frequent express coach services.
Following 12% passenger growth over the last two years, Scottish Citylink increases the capacity of its flagship service between Scotland’s two biggest cities with a new fleet of double deck coaches.
Replacing single deckers, the new Plaxton Panoramas have 79 seats with generous legroom and greater comfort levels than ever before. On-board amenities include fold-down tables, reading lights, mobile device holders and USB and wireless chargers at every seat. On the lower deck, seating is provided around two tables with integrated wireless device charging.
The 18 coaches are operated on behalf of Scottish Citylink by Stagecoach West Scotland and Park's of Hamilton. At £7million, they represent Scotland’s largest ever investment in one single coach fleet replacement.
With more than 140 journeys directly connecting the centres of Edinburgh and Glasgow in little over an hour every day, Citylink’s 900 route is one of Europe’s most frequent express coach services. Coaches depart every 15 minutes during the day and hourly throughout the night.
Robert Andrew, Stagecoach Regional Director for Scotland, said: “The 900 service has been one of our flagship routes for over 30 years and it continues to go from strength to strength, providing a reliable, affordable and high quality service for millions of people every year travelling between Edinburgh and Glasgow. This investment is further evidence of our belief in the future of coach travel in Scotland. Our coaches on this route cover over 2.5 million miles each year, and we are proud to be introducing these luxury high-specification coaches for our customers.”
Colin Robertson, Alexander Dennis Chief Executive, said: “The 900 service keeps Edinburgh and Glasgow connected and we’re proud to support its growth trajectory with this fleet of 18 new double deck coaches. With flexibility integral to the design of the Plaxton Panorama, our team has collaborated with Scottish Citylink, Stagecoach and Park's of Hamilton to deliver a fantastic travel experience that will set new standards.”
Scottish Citylink run a range of services throughout Scotland. Above is a Stagecoach vehicle leaving Edinburgh, heading for Aberdeen on the M92 service.