Thursday, 16 July 2020
megabus Resumes Services
megabus, the UK’s low-cost intercity coach operator has confirmed that it has restarted its cross-border services between England and Scotland to help reconnect people across the UK.
The reinstated services coincide with the reopening of many parts of the leisure and hospitality sector in Scotland and England with many people now planning staycations, trips away and reunions with friends and family.
megabus will operate two services each day between Glasgow and London.
The services will depart Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station each day and leave from London, Victoria Coach Station. The route will service key towns and cities across England including Preston, Manchester (including Manchester Airport), and Birmingham.
An additional daily service will operate between Manchester and London serving Manchester Airport.
Bookings can be made from now at uk.megabus.com
Additional safety measures have been put in place to make sure that the megabus services are Covid-19 secure.
megabus, part of the Stagecoach Group, has also reinstated a number of services across England including London, Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Birmingham, Nottingham, Norwich, Heathrow Airport, with connections to many other places.
Mark Venables, Managing Director of megabus, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be getting our coaches back on the road, and to be reinstating cross-border services from 15 July, to help reunite people with friends and family, as well as taking people across the country for staycations and day trips.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming customers back on to our services. With the extra safety measures, we have to make sure that our services are Covid-19 secure, and with customers following all the government guidance in place, people can have confidence in travelling with us.
"Our partners and drivers are eager to get back out on the road and I would like to thank all of our staff and customers for their continued patience, support and resilience.
"Due to social distancing, there will be reduced capacity on coaches, so we’d urge people to plan ahead and book their journey with us early.
"Public transport will continue to play a crucial role in the country’s recovery ahead. As well as helping to restart our economy, it is vital in bringing normality back to many areas of our daily lives, keeping families and communities connected and contributing towards a safer, cleaner and healthier nation.”
Covid-19 secure measures on the megabus coach network include:
Vital preparations carried out by a team of specialist engineers to ensure the coach fleet is ready for the ramp up in services. megabus coaches are all being deep-cleaned and will undergo stringent checks in advance of going into service.
Continued enhanced cleaning regime which includes daily and in-service cleaning of all coaches with a government-recommended sanitiser, with a particular focus on key touch points, and additional in service cleaning where possible.
Anti-bacterial stations on board all coaches.
Drivers will be provided with extra cleaning supplies to help keep coaches clean during the day.
All drivers will be equipped with face masks, face visors, gloves and individual hand sanitiser for their use.
Increased cleaning regime and filter changing schedules on air conditioning units.
Social distancing measures will be in place on all coaches.
megabus services were temporarily suspended in April, following the government’s advice to stay at home at that time.
Face coverings must be worn by law on all public transport in England and Scotland, and customers are reminded to wear a face covering on their megabus journey.
For more information on megabus journeys or to book a ticket, visit uk.megabus.com