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Stagecoach Dennis Trident Donated to Museum of Transport Greater Manchester

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Image provided by MoTGM Back in 1999, the Museum of Transport Greater Manchester held an ‘accessible transport’ event with help and displays to enable less-mobile visitors to sample the preserved buses whose high floors and steep steps made them hard to experience.  To highlight the progress being made, Stagecoach Manchester brought along the very first of its new generation of something called a ‘low floor’ double deck bus with no entrance steps and easier access. It was their number 612, a Dennis Trident 2 with Alexander ALX400 body, brand new and yet to enter service. Fast forward to 2021 and that very same bus is back in the Museum again – as a preserved exhibit, kindly donated by Stagecoach Manchester to represent the new generation of buses with better accessibility. After use as a driver trainer, at the age of 22 years, it enters the growing ranks of preserved buses from the turn of the century and in due course it’ll be painted into the iconic stripes livery. Museum Chairman De

Megabus Offers Thousands of Extra Coach Seats for Socially Distanced Christmas Travel

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Stagecoach has announced it will be adding an additional 5,600 socially-distanced seats on its Megabus coach routes over the Christmas period, and urges families and friends planning to be reunited to book ahead.

With support from the Department for Transport, Stagecoach is now able to offer extra Megabus seats from all the major cities and many regions across the country including the North East, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Bristol, Cardiff and London. Additional seats will also be offered on services to and from Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland.

The agreement with the government will also allow Megabus to provide services from additional places across the South West of England including places such as Falmouth, Plymouth, Exeter, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Swindon. There will now also be services running to and from the north including Doncaster, Bradford and Scunthorpe with extra stops at Cambridge and new services to Great Yarmouth.

The company estimates around 50% of the previously available seats throughout December have now sold out, with cities such as Sheffield, Newcastle and Leeds showing big spikes in demand. Wednesday the 23rd and Sunday the 27th December are the most popular days for travel and now thousands of extra seats are on sale, Megabus is urging people to book ahead, especially as rail services are expected to be busy.

Students have also been successfully using Megabus coaches to get home for Christmas, with figures showing a 90% increase during the student travel week, compared with the previous week. Stagecoach reports that extra coaches were provided on many routes.

Mark Venables, Managing Director for Megabus, said: 

“Direct and high-frequency intercity coaches are an increasingly popular travel choice and this year, in particular, they will play a vital role in helping families and friends to be reunited for Christmas.

“On the busiest days in December, we have already sold around 50% of the capacity we had available, so it’s great news that we’re working with the UK Department for Transport to increase the number of seats on our services in the run-up to the festive break. This agreement also means we’re able to add many more towns and cities across the South West and Northern England onto our network.

“We know that coach and train seats are booking up quickly, and with the increase in advance ticket sales that we have seen, we're urging people to plan ahead and book travel as soon as possible.

“Our megabus services offer safe, easy and hassle-free travel and provide a great alternative to cars and train travel, which are typically a much more expensive way to travel. All of our tickets offer free amendments up to 24 hours in advance, so we're offering flexibility this year, as well as great value travel.”

In line with all modes of public transport throughout the UK, extensive additional safety measures have been introduced across all Megabus services to ensure that people can travel with confidence. This includes regular cleaning of all touch-points, social distancing and anti-bac stations onboard all coaches. All customers travelling are asked to wear face coverings in line with the government’s rules.
  • Customers travelling in the run-up to Christmas are advised to:
  • Plan and book ahead to try and avoid busy times and routes
  • Reserve a seat in advance
  • Try to avoid making unnecessary stops during your journey
  • Come with a face covering to wear throughout your journey
  • If you feel unwell or have any Coronavirus symptoms, please do not use public transport
Additionally, Megabus will be operating throughout the festive period too, including on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, providing a safe and convenient way for people to get together with family and loved ones in line with the government’s Christmas rules.

All Megabus tickets can be altered up to 24 hours in advance free of charge. Those wishing to reserve a seat benefit from double the usual luggage allowance, and the coaches can be tracked while they're on the road at coachtracker.uk.megabus.com and customers wishing to book can do so at uk.megabus.com.  

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