New ser­vice

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

CALE­DO­NIAN Sleeper has in­tro­duced a new bus con­nec­tion ser­vice from Cri­an­larich to Oban.

CALE­DO­NIAN Sleeper has in­tro­duced a new bus con­nec­tion ser­vice from Cri­an­larich to Oban, help­ing make jour­neys from Lon­don to the West Coast more ef­fi­cient.

Part­ner­ing West Coast Mo­tors and funded by Trans­port Scot­land, the overnight rail ser­vice is run­ning a non-stop bus link for a 14-week trial pe­riod. This will al­low vis­i­tors to take a direct route to Oban with­out hav­ing to wait at Cri­an­larich for con­nect­ing rail ser­vices.

Ryan Fla­herty, at Cale­do­nian Sleeper, said: ‘Oban is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for tourists and is known for be­ing the gate­way to the isles, with ferry ser­vices to many is­lands off the West Coast of Scot­land in­clud­ing the stun­ning In­ner and Outer He­brides.

‘The direct bus ser­vice be­tween Cri­an­larich rail­way sta­tion and Oban will al­low pas­sen­gers to make the most of the area, sav­ing time com­pared to wait­ing for con­nect­ing rail ser­vices.’

Colin Craig, at West Coast Mo­tors, said: ‘ We are thrilled to be part­ner­ing with Cale­do­nian Sleeper and Trans­port Scot­land on this ex­cit­ing multi-model trans­port pi­lot.

‘ We are con­fi­dent this re­fresh­ing com­bi­na­tion of rail and coach will make trav­el­ling to the West Coast seam­less, while hope­fully en­cour­ag­ing more vis­i­tors to Oban and fur­ther afield.’

The Oban bus ser­vice will op­er­ate Mon­day to Satur­day morn­ings from Cri­an­larich timed to meet the train with a re­turn ser­vice from Oban at 7.40pm on Sun­days and at 8.30pm Mon­day to Fri­day.

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