Stagecoach 15m Volvos ready for service

Stagecoach 15m Volvos ready for service Stagecoach chief executive Brian Souter launches Megabus' new 15m coaches.

THE FIRST of Stagecoach’s 15m-long Plaxton-bodied Volvos enter service on Megabus routes in Scotland later this month. The first vehicles, from an order for 45, will be used on services running from Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Perth. Later deliveries will be used on routes linking London, Manchester, Newcastle, Preston, Sheffield, Cwmbran, Cardiff, Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol.

Brian Souter, Stagecoach Group chief executive, says: "This new investment will provide a further step-change in the quality of service for inter-city coach customers in the UK. We believe it will help attract more people from cars and low-cost airlines and on to coaches. They offer excellent convenience and value for money, and are the greener way to travel."

The coaches are air-conditioned 65-seaters with wheelchair access through the main entrance, and are based on Volvo B12BT chassis. The order is valued at £11million, and all 45 coaches will be in service by May. It gives Stagecoach Britain’s biggest fleet of extra-long coaches.