Salsburgh based Bruces Coaches are to launch a new express service between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Harthill with effect from 2 February. Providing hourly departures from 06.30 to 18.30 from Monday to Saturday, the service will have a running time of one hour and 20 minutes. The move follows proprietor John Bruce’s disappointment at what he sees as Scottish Citylink’s failure to allocate winter diagrams to his coaches after they had operated summer services on their behalf. Bruce’s have previously operated express services between the two cities.
Operating the new service, which will be branded the M8 City Xpress, will be five Scania Caetano Levante tri-axle 59 seaters formerly used on National Express services, one of which will act as a spare. All have been fully refurbished to a high standard by Eastgate Trim and feature toilets, air conditioning, wi-fi and wheelchair accessibility.
Fares will be £5.00 single, £8.00 return with a ten journey ticket available for £30.00. Tickets can be purchased from the driver on board the coach, from SPTE or online from National Express.
John Bruce commented, ‘We are looking forward to providing an alternative service to the travelling public at a reasonable cost. Obviously, depending how loadings go, our intention would be to extend the service to seven days and later in the evening, especially in the run up to the Edinburgh Festival and during the Tattoo.