Monday 22 June 2015

ITALY - Latest Destination for has now announced it is to introduce a major new network of services in Italy.

The new services were launched by Italy’s Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Riccardo Nencini, at an event in Florence. will link 13 locations in Italy with fares on all journeys from just €1*, taking the total number of destinations on the company’s European network to almost 150.
The new network will cover Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice, Naples, Turin, Bologna, Verona, Padua, Siena, Genoa, Sarzana (La Spezia) and Pisa.
As well as boosting public transport, tourism and the economy, the company is investing in Italy by creating around 100 new jobs through the opening of new bases near Milan and in Florence.

Welcoming the new network, Deputy Minister Nencini said: “ will connect Italian cities, from the north to the south, with low fares, giving students, workers and tourists the opportunity to visit our country. This is a new way of travelling for Italy and's investment and job creation in Italy has been a brave choice. Delivering the possibility for everybody to travel without constraints brings people more freedom and I really thank for believing in this country."
Tickets for the new services, which will run from 24 June 2015, are on sale now at the Italian language website For travel on the first five days of the new services (24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 June), has confirmed that all tickets will be priced at €1*.
A fleet of 23 state-of-the-art coaches – representing an investment of more than €11million - offer free Wifi, power sockets, air conditioning and a toilet. say that by using bigger coaches results in a low cost per passenger and keeps fares down.
As part of the latest expansion, is creating around 45 jobs initially at a new operating base close to Bergamo, near Milan. Vehicles will be parked, cleaned and maintained at the base under a partnership with local company Autoservizi Locatelli.
The company has also opened a second crew base in Florence, with offices in the city’s Santa Maria Novella area, where over 50 staff will be located. The majority of the new employees are Italian nationals and are employed on permanent Italian contracts.

Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: “We are delighted to be investing in Italy, providing improved transport connections and a boost for the economy through scores of new jobs.
“Italy is a fantastic country with some of the most vibrant and popular cities in Europe. We are confident our low-fares and high quality travel experience will help deliver more affordable travel to people in Italy and bring even more tourists to the country.” part of Stagecoach Group in Scotland, has operated since 2003. It expanded from the UK to North America in 2006 and has served mainland Europe since 2012.  
Major destinations on the network include London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Lyon, Toulouse, Barcelona, Lille, Luxembourg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover and Leipzig. carries more than 15 million passengers a year across Europe and North America. The number of passengers using the company’s growing coach network in Europe is up more than 60% in the past year. The current average fare on the network in mainland Europe is around €15. offers Italian, French,  German, English, Spanish and Dutch language websites. Services are popular with families, students and tourists looking to save money on travel and spend extra on entertainment when they arrive at their destination.
All drivers undertake a detailed operational and customer service training programme. It includes route familiarisation and driving assessments and this is in addition to meeting all of the EU standard qualifications for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers. ensures full compliance with relevant EU working time legislation and has stricter maintenance standards than legal requirements as part of its commitment to safety.

The success of’s services has seen it create more than 500 jobs over the past decade in the UK and Europe and a further 1,000 jobs in North America.


From the modern day to times past. The most recent special weekend held at the Crich Tramway Village in rural Derbyshire was the 'Classic London' event. A variety of London buses, taxi cabs, trams and trolleybuses and buses recalled the vintage years led by the re-introduction into service of London County Council tram number 106. After many years of painstaking work the tram was re-launched onto the tracks and this and other vehicles are in an album that can now be viewed by clicking  here