Stagecoach cuts bus fares to help communities affected by Dawlish rail closure
14 Feb 2014
- Discounts of up to 50% on single and return fares on key routes in Devon
- Rail tickets accepted for bus journeys between Exeter and Newton Abbot
- Further extension of bus multi-journey ticket travel zones to include areas affected by rail disruption
- Special arrangements to remain in place until South West rail line re-opens
Stagecoach, Britain's biggest bus operator, today (Friday 14 February 2014) confirmed a package of measures to help communities affected by the closure of the storm-damaged railway line at Dawlish in Devon.
Around 80 metres of sea wall was destroyed by high tides and storms last week, causing a significant stretch of railway to collapse into the sea.
Work is underway to repair the sea-wall, but it is estimated that the damage means the line between Exeter St David’s and Newton Abbot will not re-open until mid-March.
Stagecoach, which operates around 330 buses across the south-west of England, is discounting single and return fares on key routes in Devon by up to 50%.
The reduced fares will be available from today on its Hop2, Hop11 and B bus services, for all stops along the coast between Starcross and Newton Abbot.
The company is further extending the travel zones covered by its multi-journey tickets to include areas affected by rail disruption. The zone for its Torbay Dayrider and Megarider tickets is being expanded to include journeys between Teignmouth, Newton Abbot and Torquay.
It follows last week's announcement by Stagecoach that it was extending the coverage of its 'Exeter Plus’ Dayrider and Megarider zone to include Dawlish.
Stagecoach also confirmed that it will be accepting First Great Western rail tickets on its bus journeys between Exeter and Newton Abbot while rail services remain disrupted.
Michael Watson, Managing Director of Stagecoach South West, said:
"Communities in the south-west are facing a daily struggle against the impact of some of the most severe and relentless weather conditions we've ever seen.
"Transport is absolutely vital to our region to get people to work and ensure they can get on as best they can with their daily lives. At times like this it's important we all pull together."
Anne Maris Morris, Member of Parliament for Newton Abbot, commented:
"Minimising the disruption for the travelling public both practically and financially is crucial while we put in place a more resilient railway line at Dawlish.
"I welcome this announcement from Stagecoach about further fare reductions and rail tickets being accepted on buses, which will remain in place until the train line is up and running again."
Emma Kay, Town Centre Development Manager for Dawlish and Teignmouth,
added: "We are delighted to hear that Stagecoach are providing more support for those affected by travel and have now included Teignmouth too. The railway is an essential link for our communities, which is being highlighted by the disruption that the closure is causing."
Stagecoach pledged that the special fares and extended travel zones will remain in place until the railway line at Dawlish is re-opened.
Full details of the new arrangements are available on the Stagecoach website at www.stagecoachbus.com/southwest.
For further information, please contact Stagecoach Group Communications on 01738 442111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
Stagecoach is Britain's biggest bus and coach operator, running around
8,000 vehicles and carrying around 2.5 million passengers every day on a network stretching from south-west England to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
Stagecoach South West
Stagecoach South West provides local bus services across Exeter, East Devon, Torbay, South Devon, North Devon, Somerset and into Cornwall and Dorset. Over our financial year from May 2012 to April 2013 we carried a total of 27.5 million passengers over the year and operated a total of 14.1 million miles. We employ a total of 921 staff located at 6 depots and 3 outstations.