Flying into Glasgow with City Swift

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Invited guests and Midland Bluebird colleagues join Alex Hornby by the two launch buses. RICHARD WALTER

McGill’s has given some of its buses a makeover to provide quick and comfy links into Glasgow from Falkirk, Stirling and Cumbernauld. Richard Walter caught up with Group Managing Director Alex Hornby at the official launch of City Swift routes X36 and X37

Midland Bluebird has been part of the McGill’s Group now for less than a year, but is keen to create improvements and make the local bus network as easy to use and sustainable as possible. Over 100 buses inherited from First East Scotland have been replaced to help improve reliability. After gaining experience of understanding the performance of the network and examining customer and colleague feedback, new timetables were introduced from 14 August 2023. Many of these changes were introduced to improve services timekeeping with some timetables increased and a few poorly used journeys withdrawn.

As part of this review process, a dedicated fleet of buses branded as City Swift was introduced from 18 August 2023 on services X36 and X37, featuring high-back seats, tables and charging points to help passengers make the most of their time on board. This represents well over £100,000 of investment from McGill’s Bus Group.

Here we come


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