Express coach service provider Megabus has entered the final phase of trialling its refreshed livery. The updated livery, first introduced in October 2019, was changed to omit the popular megabus character, Sid, and the .com from the fleet name. It has now gained a yellow flash to the sides of the vehicle and prominent ‘brought to you by Stagecoach’ branding on the sides and rear.
Details of the company’s social distancing measures have also been incorporated above the entry door.
Roll out of the new livery was originally expected to take two years but was slowed during the first coronavirus pandemic lockdown which began on 16 March. Up until then, six new Plaxton Panoramas had first been introduced in the new livery, whilst a repaint program on the earlier batches of Plaxton Eliteis had commenced.
Plaxton Elitei-bodied Volvo B11R 54272 was the first coach in the fleet to gain the completed livery last week.
Managing Director of Megabus, Mark Venables, told CBW: “Following work to refresh the megabus brand, we looked at how we can continue to move forward the megabus vehicle livery in line with what our customers are looking for and to be representative of the UK’s market leading intercity coach operator. We’re pleased to be trialling our new updated brand on one of our coaches from today, all designed in line with the feedback from our customers and incorporating elements of the refreshed Stagecoach brand.”