Posh bus

Bus use in the UK outside London is in decline but the industry is fighting back. The design of buses and bus services has changed in an effort to meet passenger demand. Examples include the launch of low cost intercity services like Megabus and Easybus and a high-class coach service (NXL Shuttle) between Birmingham and London and Bristol and London. Bus services are being increasingly seen as a viable alternative to rail travel, where costs have risen and reliability decreased. Blazefield's Harrogate and District Travel has updated the Route 36 buses between Ripon, Harrogate and Leeds. The upper deck of the double decker buses has more leg room and highback leather seating. A similar premium service has been introduced between Walsall and Birmingham (Premier 997) by Travel West Midlands. Stagecoach has introduced the Magic Bus in Manchester and Glasgow. The service offers fares which undercut other operators. TWM's Saver Buses are a similar concept. Wiltshire's Wigglybus is a bus service tailored to people's needs. It has no set route but the route is determined on a daily basis according to passenger's requirements. Stagecoach has adopted this concept further with the Yellow TaxiBus between Fife and Edinburgh, a fleet of people carriers that can use bus lanes in congested areas.

  • Authors:
    • Plisner, P
  • Publication Date: 2005-2-4


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01030388
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2006 1:34PM