Our Companies

Joint Ventures

Stagecoach Group has a number of joint venture companies which provide rail, coach and sightseeing services.

  • Virgin Rail Group: Stagecoach Group has a 49% shareholding in Virgin Rail Group (VRG), which operates the West Coast Trains rail franchise in the UK. The current franchise runs until 31 March 2017. The Department for Transport has the option to extend the contract by an additional year to 31 March 2018.The other shareholder in Virgin Rail Group is the Virgin Group of Companies. Stagecoach Group Finance Director Ross Paterson is Joint Chairman of Virgin Rail Group. The VRG Board includes Stagecoach Group and Virgin Group representatives.
  • Scottish Citylink Coaches Limited: a joint venture between Stagecoach (35% shareholding) and international transport group ComfortDelGro (65% shareholding). It operates coach services in Scotland under the megabus.com and Scottish Citylink brands. The joint venture is the leading provider of express coach services in Scotland. Stagecoach is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the business, which is overseen by a joint Board.
  • Key facts

    Virgin Trains West Coast
    Annual passengers: 32 million
    Train carriages: 642
    Employees: 3,100
    Network size: 727 miles

    Scottish Citylink

    Annual passengers: 5 million
    (including megabus.com joint venture services)
    Fleet size: 120 (all subcontracted)
    Employees: 81