Thursday 4 May 2023

Stagecoach Coronation Buses

Stagecoach East Midlands has revealed two specially decorated buses to celebrate the historic Coronation of King Charles III.

The buses, adorned with the official royal emblem and patriotic livery, will be in operation across Hull and Lincoln during the coronation weekend of 6-8 May, and will be seen throughout the region in the coming months.

The livery showcases Great British bunting style vinyls, blue, white and red roundels, and the strapline, “we’re proud to join the community in commemorating the Coronation of Kind Charles III” on the rear and both sides of the bus.

To further honour the national event, many Stagecoach East Midlands drivers will don red, white and blue attire over the bank holiday weekend.

Dave Skepper, Managing Director at Stagecoach East Midlands, shares his enthusiasm for the occasion, stating: “The King’s coronation will be a very special and significant event in history and we’re delighted to mark the celebration with these two specially decorated coronation buses.

“We hope they help to spread a bit of extra joy and excitement in our local communities, as we celebrate this momentous event over the Coronation weekend.”

Stagecoach East Midlands encourages those who spot the coronation buses to capture the moment with a photo and tag @StagecoachEMid on Twitter.


A coronation bus to mark the crowning of King Charles lll has been unveiled by Stagecoach Cumbria.

The bus is emblazoned in red, white and blue with celebratory Union Flag bunting and bears the coronation logo to commemorate King Charles lll’s ascension day on Saturday May 6.

Rob Jones, managing director of Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire, said: “The King’s coronation next weekend will be a very special and significant event in our history and we’re delighted to mark the celebrations with this specially decorated coronation bus.

“To have celebrated a platinum jubilee so closely followed by a coronation is a rare occurrence and for most Cumbrians, this is the first time they will have experienced a coronation, so we felt it was an important event to mark.

“We hope the coronation bus helps to spread a bit of extra joy and excitement in our local communities and we hope passengers enjoy travelling on our special bus.”

The bus unveiling in Carlisle was attended by Stagecoach’s two main painters; Stephen Temple, 53 and Stephen Douglas, 61 both from Morton, who along with paint shop labourer Mark Maddison, 48 from Botcherby spent an entire week preparing the vehicle ready for its crowning moment.

Between them, the three men boast a combined 86 years of service to Stagecoach.

The King has visited Cumbria on many occasions and is well known for his affinity with the county. He stopped off at Stagecoach’s Willowholme Stagecoach depot in the aftermath of Storm Desmond in 2015, when all three men had the privilege of meeting the King.

Stephen Douglas said, “Storm Desmond caused extensive damage to the depot. We lost the entire fleet of buses. 65 buses had to be scrapped due to damage. The King, then Prince Charles, met all the team at the depot, and he was very nice.