Thursday, 4 August 2011

New sleeper service

Stagecoach launches sleeper coach

Stagecoach is to trial the UK’s first modern-day sleeper coach service between Glasgow and London from next month. The innovative service will be part of the group’s operation and will be run by three refurbished Volvo articulated coaches carrying just 24 passengers. Each passenger will have their own seat and their own berth.
Passengers will have access to free wi-fi, on-board refreshments and a complimentary overnight pack containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, a bottle of water, an eye mask and a luggage label. Each berth has a reading light and curtain for extra privacy, as well as a duvet, pillow and blanket. Fares will range from £1 to £40. The service will run seven nights a week, leaving Glasgow at 11.15pm and London at 11.59pm with a journey time of just over eight hours.
The modified coaches have been certified by VOSA and are fitted with CCTV. For additional safety and security, each berth is equipped with a button to alert the driver in the event of an emergency. The vehicles also meet Transport for London’s new LEZ requirements which come into force in January.
Stagecoach Group chief executive Brian Souter says: “Travelling overnight is a great way to save time, and we’ve already seen growing demand for our night-time journeys. The new sleeper services will offer extra comfort and facilities, but still at excellent value for money prices.
“We’ve always been at the forefront of innovative ways to make public transport more attractive and convenient for people. We believe the best way to find out if it’s a service our customers want is by offering them the chance to try it out for real. Travelling direct from city centre to city centre beats the hassle of a red-eye flight from an airport and is a greener, smarter way to travel.”

From Tony Wilson and Colin Sellars