Bus companies ready to take rail strike strain

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BUS companies in Teignbridge are gearing up to take the strain as industrial action across the country’s rail network begins this morning.

Stagecoach – which operates in Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Dawlish and surrounding areas – says is ready to help keep Britain on the move as people plan alternative travel to avoid the disruption caused by next week’s rail strikes.

Strikes are due to take place on June 21, 23 and 25, with train services on June 22, 24 and 26 also expected to be disrupted.

Stagecoach’s network of 7,300 buses and coaches covers regions across the UK, including around 100 key towns and cities in England, Scotland and Wales.

Capacity is available across Stagecoach’s network of greener bus and coach services to help ‘avoid the stress of road congestion’ and support people trying to get to work, access education and training, and enjoy leisure time.

Stagecoach says its bus network offers a wide range of services connecting the suburbs, inter-city routes and other communities. A dedicated app provides real time bus tracking information and the facility to book mobile tickets in advance.

Megabus sales during the week of the rail strikes are 85 per cent higher than the week before, and the following week is following a similar trend. Thousands of extra seats have been added to the megabus network and customers are strongly advised to book early for megabus and Scottish Citylink coach services.

Carla Stockton-Jones, UK Managing Director for Stagecoach said: ‘All year round, our services provide people with connections for work, schools, visiting friends and family, getting to the high street, as well as helping tourists see visitor attractions.

‘With the rail strikes looming, we know people are looking for alternative ways to travel. Our bus and coach services are a greener way to travel and can help people avoid the stress of being stuck in the car in traffic jams.

‘Our Stagecoach bus app offers easy mobile ticketing, as well as real-time journey information and our low fares mean people can also avoid the huge spike in prices at the pumps.’



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