Bus company’s investment in new fleet for X95 route is just the ticket

1st Bus X95 Route. JOHN GORMAN (OPS DIRECTOR) LEE YOUNG (OPS MANAGER BORDERS)
1st Bus X95 Route. JOHN GORMAN (OPS DIRECTOR) LEE YOUNG (OPS MANAGER BORDERS)

A FLEET of 10 new high-tech buses are now running on X95 service through the Borders.

Operator First East Scotland has invested more than £1.5million in improving the service which runs on the A7 between Carlisle and Edinburgh.

Each single-deck vehicle has free wi-fi facilities and leather seats. The design allows greater flexibility for buggies and wheelchairs as well as extra grab rails for sitting and standing passengers.

The company says the aim is to improve bus travel and make journeys more comfortable.

Operations director for First Scotland East, John Gorman, commented: “This investment reflects our aim to improve services for our customers and our commitment to encourage more people to use our services, and to use them more often.”

“The new buses have been in service for a few weeks and have proved very popular with customers. Feedback from passengers indicates that the leather seating and, in particular, the complementary wi-fi, which allows passengers to stay connected whilst on the move, is proving very popular.”

The new vehicles introduced by First are Enviro 300s, built by Falkirk-based manufacturer Alexander Dennis. They all come fitted with low floor access and have the latest Euro V engines.

The new buses operate on Service X95 which runs between Edinburgh and Carlisle via Eskbank, Newtongrange, Stow, Galashiels, Selkirk, Hawick and Langholm.

Services operate every 30 minutes at peak times with 90-minute journey times between Galashiels and Edinburgh, and two hours between Galashiels and Carlisle.

With a fleet of some 400 buses and a staff of 1,000, First Scotland East operates a network of routes serving Edinburgh, central Scotland, East and West Midlothian and the Borders.