Stagecoach West drafts in 57 extra buses for Cheltenham Festival

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Stagecoach West has managed to bring together 57 extra buses to help transport some of the Cheltenham Festival’s 90,000 visitors to the famous racecourse, taking the total number of buses in operation to 83.

Stagecoach fleets from Devon to Scotland have given up some of their spare vehicles for the operator’s special race services, which it’s estimated could take up to 20,000 cars off the road throughout the four-day event.

This year, Stagecoach West is celebrating its 25th anniversary; back in 1994 when the division began operating, The Fellow took victory in the 67th running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

More than 110 staff will be working nearly 5,000 hours over the four-day event. RICHARD SHARMAN
More than 110 staff will be working nearly 5,000 hours over the four-day event. RICHARD SHARMAN

Rupert Cox, Managing Director of Stagecoach West, said: “The Festival is such a major event on the calendar for Gloucestershire and those who love racing.

“As a company rooted here in the county, The Festival is without doubt the busiest event of the year for Stagecoach special race services.

“This year is also a landmark for us – it marks Stagecoach West’s 25th year in business.

To celebrate the occasion, our stable of race week buses will include two branded with special 25-year-liveries and, rather fittingly, our Gold buses too.”

“It is full-on, really exciting and great to be a part of.

I will be selling special race travel tickets alongside the street teams, taking the wheel of the bus on the shuttle routes and supporting our staff who do an exceptional job ensuring those who need to get to and from the racecourse and celebrate in town pre-and post-race can do so efficiently, safely and conveniently.”