SNP Welcomes Investment in Buchan Bus Services

>> 13 November 2015

Local SNP councillors and Aberdeenshire East SNP candidate Gillian Martin have welcomed the launch of 17 new luxury coaches on the Aberdeen to Peterhead and Fraserburgh routes which boast leather reclining seats, free wi-fi, toilet, USB charging points and bike lockers.

 Cllr Lenny Pirie, Cllr Stephen Smith, Gillian Martin, & Cllr Charles Buchan
The new buses were launched by Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment & Cities Keith Brown MSP at an event in Aberdeen.

Commenting, Gillian Martin said:

“I’m delighted Stagecoach are showing their commitment to Buchan by investing £5½ million in this new fleet of coaches.

“The vehicles are very impressive and should do much to improve passenger comfort on these very important routes into and out of Aberdeen.”

Fraserburgh & District SNP councillor Charles Buchan said:

“This is excellent news for Fraserburgh and I’m very pleased our connection to Aberdeen will be the first to benefit from these type of coaches in the North of Scotland.”

Central Buchan SNP councillor Lenny Pirie said:

“Links to the city are very important from rural areas and these routes reward Stagecoach with 25,000 passenger journeys every week, so it’s good that this loyalty is being rewarded in turn with these fantastic new vehicles by Stagecoach.”

Vice-Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee and Peterhead South & Cruden councillor Stephen Smith said:

“These new coaches will be warmly welcomed by those who use the Aberdeen service. It brings passenger comfort to a whole new level.”

Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment & Cities 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.”

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