Megabus.com coming to UWE – offering fares from just £1

Issue date: 27 April 2009


University of the West of England Market-leading budget coach service megabus.com operated by Stagecoach is coming to the University of the West of England's Frenchay Campus from Monday 18 May, offering £1 fares on journeys to London and Cardiff for students, staff and the people of South Gloucestershire.

Students and staff are thrilled that the popular megabus.com service is coming to UWE, with the Frenchay Campus becoming a new stop off point for the London to Cardiff routes.

Steve Ward, UWE's Travel Planner brokered the agreement with megabus.com and he said, “We're delighted to welcome megabus.com to UWE as this now means that the University's main campus is a national travel hub for the region, connecting the main Frenchay Campus with the two capital cities of London and Cardiff as well as Newport. The service runs six times every day to and from London and some of these services continue to Cardiff.

“With approximately 1,400 students having home addresses in these two cities this is a real boon providing them with low cost travel. On top of this we will be able to offer the people of South Gloucestershire a much more convenient pick-up point for megabus.com services than having to travel into the centre of Bristol.”

Operations Manager for megabus.com, Ian Laing said, “Students seem to really like megabus.com. The service is easy to book and the fares are the most competitive in the UK, starting from as little as £1 plus a 50p booking fee. This new stop off point gives us an exciting opportunity to extend our service so that even more people can enjoy the benefits of megabus.com.”

Dom Passfield, President of UWE's Student Union said, “There are around 2,000 students living on Frenchay Campus and 1000's of students visiting every day so a megabus.com stop on campus is brilliant news. megabus.com provides the perfect low cost travel deal for all cash strapped students – we're just so pleased that they have chosen this Campus – it's great news.”

The addition of the megabus.com services is particularly timely as the University sets to almost double in size over the next few years onto the land recently purchased from HP. John Rushforth, UWE's Deputy Vice Chancellor, said, “This important new link makes UWE an even more attractive proposition to future students. Good transport links are integral to our master planning and we are confident that the service will be well used.”

For information on times and fares go to http://www.megabus.com

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