Stagecoach to end sleepercoach

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A new home will need to be found for the fleet of £0.5m Van Hool Astomega coaches used on the service 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 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 for both daytime and overnight services. They were purchased for £0.5m when new.