Irizars and Tourismo introduced on Scottish Citylink
Scottish Citylink has introduced new coaches worth around £2 million to three of its routes.
Four Irizar i6S coaches are now in service on the company’s route between Glasgow and Skye, while two Irizar i6s have also been introduced on the service between Glasgow and Campbeltown. All six new vehicles have been delivered in partnership with West Coast Motors, which operates both routes on behalf of Citylink.
The vehicles are fitted with seat-back tables, extra legroom, USB charging points and audio and visual next-stop announcements. The coaches are also the first Citylink vehicles to have digital mirrors that are expected to further improve safety and improve the aerodynamic performance of the coach. The new design of the coach also means that weight saving of 950kg has been achieved resulting in a reduction of up to 13% in consumption and emissions.
The new vehicles represent a 12% increase in capacity for Citylink’s customers in Skye.
In addition, Scottish Citylink has partnered with D&E Coaches to introduce a new 61-seat Mercedes-Benz Tourismo on the route between Inverness and Ullapool.
Onboard features include seat back tables, USB charging points and live map monitoring/live tracking during the journey.
“This is an exciting investment in these well-used and important connecting routes” – Scottish Citylink Operations Director, Simone Smith
Scottish Citylink Operations Director, Simone Smith, said: “This is an exciting investment in these well-used and important connecting routes. The partnership with West Coast Motors between Glasgow and Skye and Glasgow and Campbeltown has resulted in strong passenger growth on those routes and it’s fantastic to be able to introduce these truly state-of-the-art coaches which are at the cutting edge of coach design.
“We are also delighted to introduce a new, modern coach with more comfort and customer features than before between Inverness and Ullapool, in partnership with D&E Coaches who we have worked with for many years.
“We hope our customers on these three routes enjoy travelling in greater comfort and style and look forward to welcoming them on board in the coming weeks and months.”
“We are delighted to continue our fleet investment by introducing four new high specification vehicles to Citylink’s Glasgow to Campbeltown and Glasgow to Skye routes” – Liz Logan, West Coast Motors’ General Manager
Liz Logan, West Coast Motors’ General Manager, said: “We are delighted to continue our fleet investment by introducing four new high specification vehicles to Citylink’s Glasgow to Campbeltown and Glasgow to Skye routes. Both services offer a vital life link to many people living in our rural communities as well as offering visitors the opportunity to see some of Scotland’s most scenic locations in a green, easy and comfortable way.”