Scottish Citylink plans for South
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• Scottish Citylink has launched its winter service schedule, following its break with National Express on 28 October. The two companies worked together for 16 years until possible Office of Fair Trading action and National's acquisition of the Stagecoach express services caused the split.
Citylink managing director Alan Howes, who hopes to lead the company into a buyout in the Scottish Bus Group privatisation, says that as well as strengthening its Scottish operation, the company is building up its operation in England and Wales.
SBG companies have been operating vehicles on Citylink routes since the company was set up, and now contracts have been signed with 12 more operators. These include, in Scotland, Bruce of Airdrie, Mairs of Aberdeen, Crawford of Neilston and Rapson of Alness; and, south of the border, West Midlands Travel, Chesterfield Transport and McPherson of Burton-on-Trent.
Journey time between Edinburgh and Sheffield has been cut by more than an hour, and the two-hourly AberdeenGlasgow service is to run hourly. Students will be entitled to a 33% discount on all services on production of proof of their student status, and will no longer need a Student Coach Card.