INVERCLYDE’S largest bus operator, McGill’s, is trying out a luxury double decker bus on some of its busiest routes this month.
|Councillor David Wilson, centre, with, McGill's general manager Bert Hendry, right, and depot superviser William Baxter|
The brand new Alexander Dennis vehicle can accommodate 70 passengers and is being used on the company’s X7 route between Greenock and Glasgow. The Falkirk-built bus has disabled access, leather seating, and air-conditioning.
It is hoped the bus will also be used on the company’s popular Cowal Connector service between Glasgow and Dunoon.
Bert Hendry, general manager of McGill’s said: “The trialling of the double decker on these routes has been introduced in response to increasing passenger numbers on peak journeys on our X7 service. Demand for seats, particularly from Kilmacolm and Bridge of Weir to Glasgow is extremely high and using a double decker on the route ensures we continue to offer all of our passengers a pleasant and comfortable trip”
McGill’s currently operates more than 130 buses on more than 30 routes throughout Inverclyde and beyond. More than 80% of its mileage is completed on low-floor, easy-access buses – making travelling by bus a viable option for all members of the community.
Inverclyde’s Depute Provost David Wilson, who is also the local representative on Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), said: “McGill’s has played a pivotal role in raising the standard of public transport in Inverclyde, to the extent that bus passengers can enjoy travelling on one of Scotland’s youngest and most modern fleets.”