Rail strikes mean extra pressure for bus operators

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Stagecoach says that it is ready to help keep Britain on the move as people plan alternative travel to avoid the disruption caused by this week’s planned rail strikes.

At the time of going to press, RMT members plan to strike on 21, 23 and 25 June, with train services on 22, 24 and 26 June also expected to be disrupted.

Stagecoach said it has capacity across its its network of 7,300 buses and coaches across the UK, including around 100 key towns and cities in England, Scotland and Wales to help avoid the stress of road congestion and support people trying to get to work, access education and training, and enjoy leisure time.

The company said its megabus and Scottish Citylink inter-city coach services have already seen a significant spike in bookings. megabus sales during the week of the rail strikes are 85% higher than the week before, the operator said, whilst the following week is showing a similar trend. The firm said thousands of extra seats have been added to the megabus network and advised intending travellers to book early for its coach services.

Carla Stockton-Jones, UK Managing Director for Stagecoach said: “All year round, our services provide people with connections for work, schools, visiting friends and family, getting to the high street, as well as helping tourists see visitor attractions. With the rail strikes looming, we know people are looking for alternative ways to travel. Our bus and coach services are a greener way to travel and can help people avoid the stress of being stuck in the car in traffic jams.

“Our Stagecoach bus app offers easy mobile ticketing, as well as real-time journey information and our low fares mean people can also avoid the huge spike in prices at the pumps.”

Sales of coach tickets during the week of rail strikes have been around 85% higher as travellers plan alternatives. RICHARD SHARMAN