First Bus, part of the Aberdeen-based FirstGroup
and one of the largest bus operators in Scotland, has become the
latest addition to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Sponsor
The bus operator’s network of high frequency, regular
services across the city will be supplemented by designated
spectator shuttle services linking principal Games venues within
the city centre.
Tim O’Toole, Chief Executive of FirstGroup,
which operates First Bus, said, “We are proud of
our Scottish heritage and the important role we play connecting
people and communities up and down Scotland, every day. The
Commonwealth Games, falling in the Year of Homecoming, provides an
important opportunity for Scotland to promote itself around the
world, and we look forward to playing our part, moving people
around Glasgow and Scotland as quickly and efficiently as we can.”
First is expected to publish details of its
comprehensive Games transport arrangements in the coming weeks.
First will provide bus services for all client
groups during the Games including athletes, technical officials
and the media.
The company currently operates around 950 vehicles
across Greater Glasgow, and will operate additional buses
during the Games in order to transport the large numbers of
spectators expected, as well as all the accredited client groups.
has also become an Official Supporter of Team Scotland.
Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and
Sport, Shona Robison, said, “It’s great to have First
Bus on board as a sponsor of the XX Commonwealth Games. I would
encourage people who are coming to watch the Games to take advantage of public transport in Glasgow as much as possible, as
it will be the quickest, easiest and most efficient way to get
around. Transport within the city boundaries is included
in the price of Games tickets so it won’t even cost spectators
anything extra to travel across Glasgow. It’s so inspiring
and encouraging that so many big organisations across the country
are rallying up and getting behind the Games – which are gearing
up to be the best ever – and Team Scotland.”
Train operator ScotRail,
also part of FirstGroup, is an Official Supporter - Passenger
Services for the Games.
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