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23rd January 2012

SCOTTISH CITYLINK AND FIRST JOIN UP JOURNEYS BETWEEN GLASGOW AIRPORT AND EDINBURGH

Express coach operator Scottish Citylink and bus operator First Glasgow are making life easier for passengers by joining up journeys between Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh.

Around 660,000 people pass through Glasgow Airport every month and thanks to the introduction of a new 'through ticket' which can be used on Citylink and First Glasgow services, it is now even easier for passengers to travel between Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh via Glasgow. The new ticketing arrangement, which began on 8 January, also helps customers save money on bus travel whether travelling to or from the airport.

After landing at Glasgow airport passengers can purchase the new through ticket on board First’s Glasgow 500 Shuttle service which operates between the airport and Glasgow City Centre. The Shuttle service terminates at Buchanan Bus Station where through ticket customers can board the Citylink service 900 to Harthill and Edinburgh without having to purchase a separate ticket. Similarly, passengers travelling from Edinburgh to Glasgow Airport can purchase a through ticket on the Citylink service 900 and then transfer on to the Shuttle service at Buchanan Bus Station which will take them to the airport. Free Wi-Fi is available on all Glasgow Shuttle service 500 buses and most Citylink service 900 coaches.

The through ticket to Edinburgh costs just £11.50 (single) or £16.50 (return).

First's Glasgow Shuttle – the airport’s official bus service - provides customers with the most direct service between the airport and Glasgow city centre with links to Glasgow's two main rail stations – Central and Queen Street – as well as the main bus terminus, Buchanan Bus Station. Travel on the Glasgow Shuttle costs £5.00 single, £7.00 return or for an extra £1 customers upgrade to a Day ticket which offers network-wide travel on First Glasgow services until 1am on the day after purchase and includes travel on the Glasgow Shuttle. First operates over 100 services across greater Glasgow, offering easy connections to or from most parts of the area.

First’s Glasgow Shuttle service operates up to every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, and takes only 25 minutes from the Buchanan Bus Station to the airport and the buses are low-floor for easy accessibility and are fully equipped with luggage racks.

Scottish Citylink carries around 3million passengers a year to dozens of locations across Scotland. Citylink service 900 operates between Buchanan Bus Station and Edinburgh Bus Station via Harthill Services; Ratho; Gogar RBS; Maybury Junction; Drum Brae; Corstorphine; Edinburgh Zoo; Murrayfield; Haymarket Station and Charlotte Square.

Service 900 operates up to every 15 minutes and the journey from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh take around one hour and 25 minutes.

Bob Montgomery, Scottish Citylink's managing director added “We're pleased to be making travel easier for passengers through the introduction of this through ticket. It means that passengers landing at Glasgow Airport can enjoy a hassle-free journey all the way to Edinburgh with a smooth change-over at Buchanan Bus Station."

Ronnie Park, managing director for First Glasgow said: “Our Glasgow Shuttle service is very popular and we try to make the journey experience as easy and as enjoyable as possible for our customers, which is why we’ve now joined up with Scottish Citylink to offer a special through ticket to Harthill and Edinburgh.”

Issued by Stagecoach on behalf of Scottish Citylink Coaches Limited.

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