Start dates announced for the new overnight routes from Stagecoach

~ Tickets now on sale for new Inverness-Aviemore-Glasgow-London service – at www.megabusgold.com

~ New overnight link between Glasgow-Birmingham-Cardiff-Bristol also announced

~ Journey time of less than 8 hours from Glasgow to London

~ Additional daytime ‘Gold’ services to run between Glasgow and Inverness

Stagecoach have just announced the dates that their final 2 new overnight sleepercoach routes across the border will start. These service are to start on the 19th july and will provide an overnight service every night of the week. To book your tickets now go to www.megabusgold.com.

One of these new routes with serve Aviemore, Glasgow, Inverness and London, and the journey time between London and Glasgow will be less than 8 hours.

Stagecoach has also announced a second overnight sleepercoach route from Glasgow which will operate between Glasgow, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol.

In addition, the company is expanding its luxury daytime Gold service between Glasgow and Inverness, with two additional services to operate in each direction every day. This follows the success of the existing Citylink Gold services which link Glasgow with Aberdeen and Inverness.

Stagecoach announced in April that is introducing a network of overnight sleepercoach services to link London with Aberdeen, Aviemore, Cumbernauld Dundee, Dunfermline Edinburgh, Falkirk, Ferrytoll park and ride in Fife, Glasgow, Inverness and Perth.

The first new route serving Aberdeen-Dundee-Perth-Cumbernauld-London launched on 8 July while the Falkirk-Dunfermline-Ferrytoll-Edinburgh-London service is due to begin on 12 July.

The new overnight and additional daytime services will all operate using a fleet of 10 specially designed coaches which have leather seats that can be converted into lie-flat beds.

Prices on the overnight routes will range from £15 to £60 and the services will operate seven days a week.

The state-of-the-art double-deck coaches boast luxury leather seats with tables, power sockets, free Wi-Fi and a toilet. The specially designed vehicles have 55 seats that convert into 42 beds.

Trials of the new vehicles have achieved positive feedback from customers, with the majority saying they will use the service again and recommend it to friends.

Customers receive complimentary refreshments during their overnight journey as well as a sleeper kit which includes an eye mask, a toothbrush and toothpaste. In addition, as a pilot, passengers will also be given a choice of a blanket or a onesie to sleep in during their journey.

Passengers using the daytime Gold services also receive complimentary refreshments and at-seat service from the on-board customer host.

Elizabeth Esnouf, Stagecoach Managing Director of Coaches and Special Activities said: “We know there are lots of people who already travel on our overnight services and we look forward to welcoming even more passengers on board.

“This service offers a comfortable journey right into the heart of London which helps make onward travel easier. Travelling by sleepercoach also helps people avoid the dreaded early starts to catch a morning flight. This way they can sleep their way to London and be ready to start their day when they get there.

“Our sleepercoach vehicles are the first of their kind in the world and we’re excited to be using them to provide a great value, comfortable service for our customers that will allow them to go to bed in one city and wake up in another.”

She added: “Our daytime Citylink Gold services have proved extremely popular between Glasgow and Inverness and we’re pleased to be adding two new services a day to that route, with all the same luxuries as the existing services including at-seat service and free wi-fi.”

Journey times on the sleepercoach services are comparable to existing sleeper train services, with customers able to make the trip from Glasgow to London in less than eight hours.

The launch of the new sleepercoach network follows the huge success of a pilot route between Glasgow and London using refurbished vehicles fitted with bunk beds.

Specially designed and manufactured by Van Hool in Belgium, the new sleepercoach vehicles will operate under a new megabusGold.com brand. All routes on the sleepercoach network will be operated through the Scottish Citylink joint venture between Stagecoach and international transport group ComfortDelGro. A new dedicated megabusGold.com website will be launched later this year.

For further information about the new sleepercoach services or to book visit www.megabusgold.com