Stagecoach North Scotland has confirmed it plans to add 15 new ADL Enviro400 Smart Hybrids to its fleet.
Representing an investment of £3.5m, the double-deckers will be based at the Macduff depot and operate on service 35 between Aberdeen, Banff and Elgin.
Specification-wise, the vehicles will feature leather seats, seatbelts, free WiFi, USB charging points and contactless payment facilities.
The hybrids will also feature a GPS tracking system, allowing passengers to keep tabs on approaching buses via the operator’s website, stagecoachbus.com.
Plaxton Panther-bodied Volvo B9R coaches are currently used on the route, and will be replaced by the Enviro400s.
Service 35 operates every 30 minutes between Aberdeen and Banff Monday – Saturday and hourly on Sundays.
The service between Banff and Elgin operates every hour Monday – Saturday and every two hours on Sundays.
David Liston, Managing Director, Stagecoach North Scotland, said: “We know that service 35 is vital for the communities we connect and our new fleet will not only reduce the impact of the bus on the environment but they will also allow us to improve our punctuality for customers.”
All 15 hybrids are expected to be on the road by April 2019.
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