Scottish Citylink adds more journeys in new summer timetable

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Scottish Citylink is increasing the number of journeys on its routes for the summer period. Dundee, where Plaxton Elite SJ72 HNR was seen arriving, will see an increased number of journeys to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. RICHARD WALTER

Scottish Citylink has launched its 2024 summer timetable, introducing more direct services, and a higher service frequency across the country. The timetable, which runs from March to September, adds extra services and additional journeys adding up to around 10,000 extra seats per week.

Highlights of the new timetable include a new direct journey between Glasgow and Fort William each day, taking the number of daily round trips to nine; an extra daily round trip between Inverness and Fort William resulting in an hourly service on that route during the summer; double the number of services from Glasgow and Edinburgh to Dundee and Aberdeen from Thursday to Sunday; and a doubling of direct services between Edinburgh and Inverness.

Passengers travelling from Glasgow will benefit from up to four coaches per hour to Perth as well as express services to Dundee and Aberdeen up to every 30 minutes, along with extra journeys to Inverness. Those travelling from Edinburgh will have a direct half-hourly service to Aberdeen and Dundee on peak days, and services from Edinburgh to Inverness will operate every hour. There is also a new late-night journey from Edinburgh to Dundee on Saturdays and Sundays, departing Edinburgh at 0215hrs. Southbound passengers from Aberdeen have services every 30minutes to Glasgow and Edinburgh, combining up to a 15-minute frequency to Dundee, and those travelling from Inverness now have a more simplified timetable with hourly services to Edinburgh and additional services to Glasgow.

On the West Coast, the new timetable increases the number of services between key locations, increasing the number of daily journeys from Glasgow to Fort William, Oban and Campbeltown as well as from Edinburgh to Fort William and Oban. In addition to the hourly service from Inverness to Fort William four round trips per day will serve the Inverness-Skye route.

Scottish Citylink Managing Director Simone Smith said: “It’s always an exciting time when we introduce our summer timetable, as it’s such a great time of year, and we love playing a part in people’s plans over the summer.

“This year we’ve really focused on increasing the number of direct journeys so that it’s easier than ever for people to get straight to their destination, with less connections needed. We’re one of the country’s longest-standing and most-trusted coach operators and we’re still making continuous improvements for our customers to make sure that their travel is as enjoyable and seamless as possible.

“There are so many lovely places to visit in Scotland and coach travel is a simple, enjoyable and affordable way to get around, so we look forward to welcoming even more customers on to our services this summer.”