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Stagecoach expands UK budget coach network

21 Aug 2009

  • £4m investment in new coaches to meet growing demand
  • New cross country route linking Cardiff and Newcastle
  • More frequent services on key routes
  • Plans to run services on Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Stagecoach Group today (21 August 2009) announced the expansion of its market-leading megabus.com services.

The new, improved timetable will see the introduction of new services and new vehicles on the popular budget inter-city coach network, as well as improved frequency and capacity.

megabus.com was launched in the UK in 2003 and revolutionised coach travel by offering fares from just £1 via a simple online booking system. More than 2million passengers now use megabus.com services in the UK every year.

Due to growing demand, the company today launched a brand new cross country service between Cardiff and Newcastle, via Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. The new route will ensure passengers are better connected through the megabus.com network than ever before.

Stagecoach has invested almost £4 million in a fleet of new vehicles to provide improved capacity and comfort on megabus.com journeys from London to Leeds, Birmingham, Liverpool and Cheltenham, as well as on cross country journeys between Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester, Oxford, Coventry, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

The new state-of-the-art vehicles include 11 Plaxton Volvo inter-urban coaches and four Van Hool Astromega double deck coaches.

In response to passenger demand, frequency is also being increased on the following megabus.com routes:

  • Leeds-London
  • Cardiff-London
  • Portsmouth-Leeds

Within the new timetable, megabus.com has also committed to run services on Christmas Day and New Year's Day when passengers will be able to travel between London and Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry, Cardiff, Newport, Bristol, Swindon and Reading.

Stagecoach Group Chief Executive, Brian Souter, said: "megabus.com has transformed coach travel in the UK over the past six years by proving fast, comfortable, inter-city services from just £1.

"This latest expansion of megabus.com will allow us to meet the growing demand from passengers for an affordable, reliable and greener travel option."

The new timetable comes into effect on 5 October, although passengers can start booking advance journeys from today.

megabus.com was launched in the UK in 2003 and currently carries over 2 million passengers a year, covering around 40 locations. In the US, megabus.com now links 30 cities across the Midwest and Northeast and has carried 3million passengers since its launch in 2006. One million of those customers have used the service in the past six months alone.

Earlier this month, Stagecoach launched megabus.com services in Canada, offering passengers low budget travel between Toronto, Kingston and Montreal.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

Stagecoach Group
Stagecoach Group is a leading international public transport group, with extensive operations in the UK, United States and Canada. The company employs 30,000 people, and operates bus, coach, rail, and tram services.

For further information contact:

Lindsay Reid
Corporate Communications Manager
Stagecoach Group
10 Dunkeld Road
Perth
PH1 5TW
Phone: 01738 442111
Fax: 01738 443076
Mobile: 07500 446896
email: lindsay.reid@stagecoachgroup.com