18 PLAXTON PANORAMA DOUBLE DECK COACHES FOR SCOTTISH CITYLINK
Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) announced that its Plaxton coach brand has delivered 18 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. A nice new feature on the coaches is an in the tables integrated wireless device charging.
The route is Citylink's flagship service between Scotland’s two biggest cities. Th last two years this service had a 12% passenger growth. The 18 new double deck coaches are to increase the capacity on this popular route by replacing the current single deckers. The Plaxton Panoramas have 79 seats with generous legroom and greater comfort levels. 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 Parks of Hamilton. At £7 million, 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. 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.”