MegabusGold.com has confirmed that its overnight sleepercoach services between Scotland and London will cease to operate from May 21, 2017
Stagecoach said the services – which launched in 2013 – had proved popular with a loyal core base of customers, but the overall level of demand was below the level required to continue the routes.
A spokeswoman for megabusGold.com said: “Our sleepercoach services – which launched in 2013 – represented an innovative and new travel product and have helped provide a value-for-money long-distance transport option over the past four years.
“Despite our efforts, it has not been possible to develop a sustainable customer base to ensure the longer term financial viability of the services. The long-distance travel market is extremely competitive, and we have faced strong competition from low-cost airlines, taxpayer supported rail services and the private car benefitting from low fuel prices.
“As a result, the final night of operation for our sleepercoaches will be May 21. We are sorry that this will disappoint people who have enjoyed the service, and this is not a decision we have taken lightly, but unfortunately we have been left with no other option but to discontinue these routes.”
There are a total of 13 Van Hool Astromegas used on megabusGold.com for both daytime and overnight services. They were purchased for £0.5m when new.