South Gloucestershire to run five new Megabus routes

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Five new routes launched primarily serving Heathrow and Gatwich airports from the Midlands and South West of England and Wales

Stagecoach-owned megabus.com has announced a significant network expansion with the addition of a series of new routes across England and Wales, serving Heathrow and Gatwick airports directly for the first time.

The company has partnered with South Gloucestershire Bus and Coach Company Ltd to deliver five new routes across the midlands and south west. The Bristol-based company will operate the new routes as part of the Megabus.com network from 13 towns and cities from May 1, 2017.

Megabus.com will provide its first direct links to Heathrow and Gatwick airports, with daily departures to Heathrow from Barnstaple, Cardiff, Bristol, Bath, Gloucester and Cheltenham, and new links between Cardiff, Bristol and Gatwick.

A fleet of 26 as yet unkown coaches, which will bear the well-known blue and yellow megabus.com livery, will operate the new services from the South Gloucestershire Bus and Coach Company depot in Bristol.

Tickets for all journeys are already available at www.megabus.com.

To celebrate the launch, megabus.com has also confirmed that tickets for travel during the first week of the new services, (from May 1-7, 2017) will all be priced at £1, plus a 50p booking fee.

The routes are as follows:

  •  M6a: Barnstaple, Tiverton, Taunton, Bridgwater, Bristol, Heathrow Airport, London Victoria;
  •  M38: Barnstaple, Tiverton, Taunton, Bridgwater, Bristol, Gloucester, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough University, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Centre;
  •  M25: Cardiff, Bristol, Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport;
  •  M18: Bath, Corsham, Chippenham, Heathrow Airport, London Victoria; and
  •  M14: Gloucester- Cheltenham- Cirencester- Swindon- Heathrow Airport – London Victoria.

Megabus.com Managing Director, Edward Hodgson, said: “We are delighted to add these latest routes to the megabus.com network.
“We are excited to be offering, for the first time, direct services to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports, providing passengers the cheapest possible option for travelling to and from these key hubs which are used by millions of people every year.

“We’re also providing new services right to the heart of two key universities in the East Midlands – Nottingham Trent and Loughborough – and the West Country – University of Bath – opening up great value travel for even more students.

“Our aim is to provide new affordable transport options for people who previously may not have been able to afford to make these journeys, and by doing so we are delivering a boost to tourism and local communities. We look forward to continuing to welcoming more customers on board.”

South Gloucestershire Bus and Coach Company Ltd Managing Director, Roger Durbin, said: “We are delighted to be joining forces with megabus.com.

“We have watched megabus.com grow and develop for a number of years and very much look forward to working in partnership with them to provide a top class service on these routes.”