Scottish Citylink launches 24/7 coach services

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Scottish Citylink has announced a series of timetable improvements across Central Scotland, including the launch of services running 24 hours a day on a key axis between Glasgow, Cumbernauld, Stirling, Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen. The new timetable, which begins on 7 November, aims to deliver more direct journeys with reduced need for connections as part of the company’s promise of ‘6 cities every 60minutes.’

The enhancements mean that the six cities are better served than ever by coach journeys. Highlights of the new timetable include the launch of 24/7 services across the central belt covering Glasgow, Cumbernauld, Stirling, Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen, with half hourly services offered to most locations during the day, and up to hourly services during the night.

It will also see the launch of direct services running every hour from Edinburgh to Dundee and Aberdeen, and the introduction of a new direct route between Edinburgh and Oban from 24 October, opening up the opportunity for onward travel to Fort William through connections at Tyndrum.

Enhanced services for Dundee customers will include hourly services to Stirling, two services per hour to Perth and a 30 minute frequency to Aberdeen. An increased level of service for Perth passengers will provide more journeys to Inverness and Pitlochry, as well as services from Glasgow and Dundee to Perth city centre throughout the day and night for the first time.

An additional daily round trip will be offered between Glasgow and Inverness, with a more simplified timetable also introduced for Inverness passengers, whilst Stirling customers will benefit from an hourly service to Perth and Dundee throughout the day and an additional stop at Castleview park & ride, also served by Ember’s recently-launched Dundee-Glasgow service. The existing two-hourly service between Stirling and Edinburgh will now extend to serve Stirling University all day.

An enhanced winter timetable between Fort William and Glasgow will provide five journeys per day from 26 September.

Scottish Citylink Operations Director Simone Smith said: “This new timetable is all about making life simpler and more convenient for our customers. We’ve worked hard to make sure that our passengers have even more opportunities to travel between our key cities, as well as the surrounding towns.

“We know life is busy. That’s why we’ve introduced services 24 hours a day on the Saltire Cross network for the first time. It opens up even more access to affordable and high quality coach travel every day, and with a record number of direct services now available on our network, it’s easier than ever for people to get to where they want to be by coach.”

Scottish Citylink has offered overnight journeys between Glasgow and Edinburgh since 2017. The company confirmed that night journeys between the two locations will operate with daytime fares from 7 November, with concessionary passes (including those for under 22s) valid on all journeys.

Central belt services will operate hourly through the night from next month. JONATHAN WELCH