Representatives from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), North Ayrshire Council (NAC) and Stagecoach visited Arran to welcome the arrival of the island’s new bus fleet.
The low-floor, wheelchair- accessible vehicles are the result of a £1.5m investment by SPT and will significantly enhance the provision of bus services for the people of Arran and its many visitors.
Councillor Denis McKenna, SPT Operations Committee Chair, said:
“It is great to see the new buses on the island and I’m confident that the new fleet will encourage even more residents of Arran, where bus services are such a vital aspect of life, to travel by public transport.
“I’m delighted that SPT continues to provide for the local community, as it has done on Arran for many years, to this high standard.”
Stagecoach was awarded a package of contracts to operate the island’s bus network using these new SPT vehicles until 2019
This will be the first time in the island’s history that the bus network will be fully accessible and will now offer greater access for wheelchair passengers and passengers with children’s buggies. The comfortable, high-spec vehicles produce very low carbon emissions and will deliver environmentally-friendly public transport enhancing the quality of life on Arran overall.
Ronnie Park, SPT’s Director, Bus Operations, said:
“The new buses represent part of a wider, longer term plan for Arran.
“SPT, with the help of our partner council North Ayrshire, have already invested in road and bus stop improvement works in anticipation of the new bus fleet. Going forward, we also have plans for real time information provision at bus stops and integrated smartcard ticketing.
“I’m really pleased to see the buses in situ and ready for service. Be it education, employment, healthcare or leisure – high-quality bus services keep this island and communities like it moving and vibrant.”
Councillor John Bruce said:
“Many people living on Arran rely on bus transport to access things like healthcare, education and employment so it’s great to see this impressive new environmentally friendly fleet of buses arrive on the island.
“There’s no doubt that these new vehicles, which are fully accessible for everyone, will enhance the lives of those living in the community and encourage more visitors to Arran to choose this as their preferred mode of transport during their stay.”
Tom Bridge, Managing Director, Stagecoach West Scotland said:
“We are delighted to continue to work in partnership with SPT and to introduce these new low floor vehicles to our customers.
“We hope this fully accessible fleet will encourage more people to travel by bus on the Island.”