Bus company Stagecoach Bluebird have launched a free Wi-Fi service on their Royal Deeside routes to and from Aberdeen.
The Wi-Fi technology, part-funded by Aberdeenshire Council, will be available to more than 13,000 passengers a week using the 201, 202 and 203 services, which operate between Aberdeen and Braemar, serving Banchory, Torphins, Aboyne, Ballater and Braemar.
The Wi-Fi access is free to all customers including business travellers who will be able to use their laptops, Blackberries, PDAs or mobile phones to access the Internet while commuting.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director, Stagecoach Bluebird, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside Aberdeenshire Council to improve public transport across the region. We see Wi-Fi as an added incentive for travellers, enabling customers to access their emails, catch up with some work or even do a bit of online shopping.”
Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC), Peter Argyle, said: “This is another reason for local residents to leave their car at home and take the less stressful option, while having the chance to get some work done or simply to keep themselves amused and keep up with friends online.”
ISC vice chair and councillor for Banchory and Mid-Deeside, Jill Webster, added: “The more convenient and attractive we can make public transport for people used to the convenience and comfort of their cars, in addition to the money-saving benefits, the more chance we have people will make that positive choice.”