Stagecoach expands its Swindon network

In the wake of the acquisition of Thamesdown Transport by Go Ahead, rival Stagecoach West is expanding its network in Swindon in April with a new route between Abbey Meads and Great Western Hospital, via the town centre, as well as improvements to existing services.

Stagecoach says that the network expansion will increase its local operations by 15 per cent and create 30 new jobs at its Swindon depot. 

The new Service 3 will offer different connections to current routes, and is designed to provide easier journey opportunities for local people, with buses up to every 10 minutes. 

Stagecoach is also improving frequencies, and adding new locations to existing routes, including Services 9, 10 and Gold 66.

“We are at the heart of bus travel in the Swindon area and this expansion is a sign of our commitment to bus passengers in the area and in the belief that buses will continue to be a hugely important mode of transport in the years to come,” says Rupert Cox, managing director, Stagecoach West. “We have seen positive growth on our current services and have invested significantly in a new bus depot last year. We have also introduced 12 new vehicles, at a cost of £2.2million in the past three years for local people. 

“These plans will deliver better connections and greater travel choice for customers and we believe they will help us attract even more people on to our greener, smarter services.”

The new service 3 will operate up to every ten minutes during the day from Monday to Saturday and up to every 20 minutes on Sunday from Abbey Meads to the town centre and Great Western Hospital linking the Orbital Centre, Abbey Meads, Moredon, Cheney Manor, Designer Outlet, town centre, New College, Walcot East and Great Western Hospital.