Edinburgh express

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Journey’s end: Ember’s SG71 OTF, one of its second pair of Yutong TCe12s, after arrival in Edinburgh. JONATHAN WELCH











Jonathan Welch looks at two very different journeys by coach into Edinburgh

Long-distance regional coach services are pretty common across the UK, but they do seem more predominant in Scotland, where they can compete more effectively on journey times with the railways. Stagecoach has a hand in many of the Scottish long-distance services, whether by dint of direct involvement such as its Stagecoach Express, Buchan Link or Coastliner-branded operations, its trunk megabus routes, or the Citylink network operated alongside Comfort DelGro along with Parks of Hamilton and West Coast Motors.

Edinburgh in particular has seen a number of interesting initiatives, including in recent years Lothian Buses’ Green Arrow-branded express routes, and Stagecoach’s low-floor Plaxton Panthers on Fife services. Relative newcomer Ember entered the fray during the pandemic, starting off with a pair of dark grey-liveried Yutong TCe12s, it’s unique selling point on an already heavily-trafficked corridor being the battery-electric buses.

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