OBAN is set to benefit from a seven-day bus service to Fort William starting from Sunday 24th May – the highest level of service operated on the route for almost twenty years.
The enhanced 918 Oban-Fort William service comes after a successful funding to the Scottish Government’s Bus Investment Fund, made by Argyll and Bute Council in partnership with Highland Council and HiTRANS. The new timetable starts on Monday 18th May, with the first Sunday run on 24th May.
Because the service provides an important connection between two West Highland towns, it has been included in the Scottish Citylink coach network, and Citylink tickets are valid for use.
There are three journeys each way seven days a week during the summer and two journeys seven days a week during the winter. Onward connections are available at Fort William to Fort Augustus and Inverness
Before now, during the summer months the service has normally been operated Mondays to Saturdays by West Coast Motors without any public funding. During the winter the service is part funded by both Argyll and Bute and Highland councils.
The new funding award will allow the enhanced seven-day service to operate for two years. The agencies involved hope that regular passenger numbers will build up allowing the operator to sustain the extra journeys on a commercial basis – meaning that the improved links between Oban and Fort William can be retained.
Find details of the new timetable (and others across Argyll and Bute) at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/timetable/bus or www.citylink.co.uk/timetables/Summer%2015/WEB_April2015_ObanInverness_6pp.pdf