Eco-friendly buses of the ‘Royal Route’ from Stirling to Edinburgh

Passengers on First Midland Bluebird buses travelling on the Stirling to Edinburgh route will be treated like royalty.

Mary Queen of Scots supported the launch of the bus firm’s Royal Route at Linlithgow Palace along with company boss Paul McGowan.

The 38 Royal Route travels from Stirling passing through Falkirk, Linlithgow, Winchburgh and Kirkliston en route to terminate in Edinburgh at Waterloo Place with up to four buses an hour.

Twenty vehicles will be used on the route, all featuring eye-catching new livery which features popular ‘Royal’ landmarks including Stirling and Edinburgh Castles and Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

The brand new vehicles are the result of £3.1 million investment and are among the best and most eco-friendly in the fleet.

Paul McGowan, managing director of First Midland Bluebird, said: “We are continuing our drive to improve services and attract more people onto our buses and I’m delighted to introduce our new ‘Royal Route’ vehicles which are among the most eco-friendly we have.

“Passengers can enjoy more comfortable journeys and keep connected on the move with our free wifi as we call at some of the most iconic locations in Scotland.”

The single decker micro-hybrid vehicles, one of the world’s most fuel efficient buses, come equipped with leather seats, free wifi for customers and extra room for wheelchairs and passengers with buggies.

Each new vehicle is also fitted with energy saving technology including a braking system akin to racing cars, re-using energy generated to power other parts of the bus.

The micro-hybrid buses are also lighter than a conventional single deck bus and, together with advanced engine technology, are around 30 per cent more fuel efficient.

First Midland Bluebird has invested £10 million in new vehicles in the past two years.