Cllr Mackie welcomes Stagecoach minibus investment
Bus operator Stagecoach has added 10 high-specification Mercedes Sprinter minibuses to its North fleet. The vehicles will be in operation on services in Aberdeenshire, Moray, Caithness, Orkney and Skye and mark an investment of just over £600,000.
They are fitted with faux leather seats, seatbelts and “Euro 6” specification low-noise engines representing the latest in clean engine technology.
The buses accept contactless payments and are fitted with the latest tracking technology allowing customers to track exactly when their bus will arrive at their stop.
Speaking after the announcement Cllr Struan Mackie, the Highland Conservatives Transport spokesman welcomed the new arrivals; "This is something I have been pushing ever since I have been involved with local politics. It is a massive improvement on the vehicles currently being used on the town circular route and I know passengers will be delighted with the fleet." "It is a big win for regular bus users and the Caithness Bus Action Group which I lead. I hope we can continue keeping Stagecoach's feet to the fire and we will keep fighting for an appropriate fleet for both passengers and commuters."