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Stagecoach announces launch of overnight sleepercoach service between Central Scotland, Fife, Edinburgh and London

Saturday 08 Jun 2013

  • Tickets now on sale for Falkirk-Dunfermline-Ferrytoll-Edinburgh-London service – at www.megabus.com 
  • New £500,000 vehicles proving popular with customers
  • Prices to start from just £15* on all new services

 Stagecoach today (2 July 2013) announced the launch of a new overnight sleepercoach route that will link central Scotland, Fife and Edinburgh with London.

The new service - which will serve Falkirk, Dunfermline, Ferrytoll, Edinburgh and London – will start on 12 July, providing overnight services every day of the week. Tickets for that service can be booked now on www.megabus.com

Stagecoach announced in April that is introducing a network of overnight sleepercoach services to link London with Aberdeen, Aviemore, Cumbernauld Dundee, Dunfermline Edinburgh, Falkirk, Ferrytoll park and ride in Fife, Glasgow, Inverness and Perth.

All of the new overnight megabusGold.com routes are being launched this summer, with detailed start dates being announced locally.

The new services will all operate using a fleet of 10 specially designed coaches which have leather seats that can be converted into lie-flat beds.

Prices will range from £15 to £60 and the services will operate seven days a week.

The state-of-the-art double-deck coaches boast luxury leather seats with tables, power sockets, free Wi-Fi and a toilet. The specially designed vehicles have 55 seats that convert into 42 beds.

Trials of the new vehicles have achieved positive feedback from customers, with the majority saying they will use the service again and recommend it to friends.

Customers receive complimentary refreshments during their journey as well as a sleeper kit which includes an eye mask, a toothbrush and toothpaste. In addition, as a pilot, passengers will also be given a choice of a blanket or a onesie to sleep in during their journey.

Elizabeth Esnouf, Managing Director of Stagecoach’s UK Coach division said: “We know there are lots of people who already travel on our overnight services from Edinburgh and we’re delighted to be offering this new travel option to people in Fife and central Scotland as well. We look forward to welcoming passengers on board these new services when they get underway this summer.

“Our sleepercoach vehicles are the first of their kind in the world and we’re excited to be using them to provide a great value, comfortable service for our customers that will allow them to go to bed in one city and wake up in another.”

Journey times on the sleepercoach services are comparable to existing sleeper train services, with customers able to make the trip from Edinburgh to London in less than eight hours.

The launch of the new sleepercoach network follows the huge success of a pilot route between Glasgow and London using refurbished vehicles fitted with bunk beds.

Specially designed and manufactured by Van Hool in Belgium, the new sleepercoach vehicles will operate under a new megabusGold.com brand. All routes on the sleepercoach network will be operated through the Scottish Citylink joint venture between Stagecoach and international transport group ComfortDelGro. A new dedicated megabusGold.com website will be launched later this year. 
 
For further information about the new sleepercoach services or to book the new overnight Aberdeen-London route visit www.megabus.com

ENDS

For media enquiries, please contact: Stagecoach Group Communications on 01738 442111 or email: media@stagecoachgroup.com

 Notes to Editors:

*All megabus.com and megabusgold.com bookings are subject to a 50pence booking fee

SLEEPERCOACH TIMETABLES

Falkirk-Dunfermline-Ferrytoll-Edinburgh-London / London-Edinburgh-Ferrytoll-Dunfermline-Falkirk – TO LAUNCH 12 JULY 2013
Falkirk Departs 2120 London Departs 2300
Dunfermline Departs 2200 Edinburgh Departs 0700
Ferrytoll  Departs 2215 Ferrytoll Departs 0745
Edinburgh Departs 2300 Dunfermline Departs 0800
London Arrives 0650 Falkirk Arrives 0845

Aberdeen-Dundee-Perth-Cumbernauld-London / London-Cumbernauld-Perth-Dundee-Aberdeen – LAUNCHING 8 JULY 2013
Aberdeen Departs 2115 London Departs 2130
Dundee Departs 2240 Cumbernauld Departs 0515
Perth Departs 2315 Perth Departs 0600
Cumbernauld Departs 2359 Dundee Departs 0635
London Arrives 0745 Aberdeen Arrives 0810

Inverness-Aviemore-Glasgow-London / London-Glasgow-Aviemore-Inverness – TO LAUNCH SUMMER 2013
Inverness Departs 1930 London Departs 2315
Aviemore Departs 2014 Glasgow Departs 0730
Glasgow Departs 2310 Aviemore Departs 1010
London Arrives 0700 Inverness Arrives 10.53

SLEEPERCOACH PICK-UP AND DEPARTURE POINTS
LOCATION DETAILS
Aberdeen Bus Station, Guild Street
Aviemore Rail Station Interchange
Cumbernauld Town Centre South
Dundee Seagate Bus Station
Dunfermline Bus Station, Queen Anne Street
Edinburgh St Andrews Bus Station
Falkirk Newmarket Street
Ferrytoll Ferrytoll Park & Ride
Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station
Inverness Bus Station, Farraline Park
Perth Broxden Park & Ride
London Victoria Coach Station

SLEEPER COACH FACTFILE

  • Vehicle cost: £500,000
  • Capacity: 42 lie-flat beds at night, 53 daytime seats
  • Ticket prices: £15 to £60
  • Journey time: from 7hr 50mins
  • A few sleeper coach services ran in the UK in the 1920s
  • Albatross Sleeping Car Co operated a scheduled service between London and Liverpool in 1928, catering for 12 passengers.
  • A double-decker service was also operated by Land Liners Ltd between London and Manchester in the late 1920s
  • Sleeper coaches in the UK are now mostly used as tour buses for music groups

STAGECOACH GROUP

  • Stagecoach Group is a leading international public transport group, with extensive operations in the UK, United States and Canada. The Group employs around 35,000 people, and operates bus, coach, train, and tram services. 
  • Stagecoach is one of UK’s biggest bus and coach operators with around 8,000 buses and coaches. Around 2.5 million passengers travel on Stagecoach's buses every day on a network stretching from south-west England to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The Group’s business includes major city bus operations in London, Liverpool, Newcastle, Hull, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield and Cambridge. Low-cost coach service, megabus.com, operates between around 60 towns and cities across the UK. 
  • Stagecoach is a major UK rail operator, running the South West Trains, Island Line and East Midlands Trains networks. It has a 49% shareholding in Virgin Rail Group, which operates the West Coast inter-city rail franchise. 
  • Stagecoach also operates the Supertram light rail network in Sheffield. 
  • In North America, Stagecoach operates around 2,900 buses and coaches in the United States and Canada. Megabus.com serves more than 100 cities in North America. Stagecoach is also involved in operating commuter and transit services, contracted bus services, charters, sightseeing tours and a small number of school bus services.

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