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New megabusplus.com service adds Exeter airport stop

18 Mar 2014

  • Integrated bus rail service offers local people a new airport link

Stagecoach Group's new integrated coach-rail service megabusplus.com has added Exeter Airport to its list of destinations, providing local people with a new airport link.

The new budget service, which was launched last month to help storm-hit communities in the south-west of England, provides a seamless link between London and the West Country using a combination of South West Trains rail services and megabus.com coaches. The new services use a rail hub at Honiton, where customers transfer between train and coach.

Prices start from £1 (plus 50p booking fee) and the services offer around 4,000 seats every week.

There are four coach routes to and from Honiton:

- Okehampton - Bude
- Collumpton - Tiverton - Barnstaple
- Newton Abbot - Torquay - Paignton - Totnes - Plymouth
- Launceston - Bodmin - St Austell - Truro - Penzance

From this week, an additional stop at Exeter Airport has been added to each route,  with services calling 15 times a day at the airport on weekdays as well as offering weekend links. Services heading towards London will serve the airport just before arriving at Honiton and services from London will stop at the airport immediately after leaving Honiton.

Managing Director of Stagecoach UK Coach, Elizabeth Esnouf said: “Bookings for the new services are going well and we're delighted to be expanding the coach offering even further by serving the airport every day of the week. With this new addition to the timetable, we're offering local people a new airport link at great value prices and we look forward to seeing even more people taking advantage of our greener, smarter services.”

Matt Roach, Exeter Airport’s managing director, said:  “We are very pleased to be able to play a part and offer greater connectivity to travellers in the South West Peninsular from and to Barnstaple, Bude, Cullompton, Penzance and Plymouth via Torbay and Newton Abbot."
 
Earlier this month, Stagecoach, which operates around 330 buses across the south-west of England, announced discounts on single and return fares on key routes in Devon of up to 50%. The company has extended the travel zones covered by its multi-journey tickets to include areas affected by rail disruption. Stagecoach also confirmed that it is accepting First Great Western rail tickets on its bus journeys between Dawlish and Teignmouth while rail services remain disrupted.

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

Notes to editors

· Full details of the new local bus service arrangements are available on the Stagecoach website at www.stagecoachbus.com/southwest.

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 the UK’s biggest bus and coach operator, running 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 runs 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 links around 130 key locations 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.