'Travel like a star' from Dunfermline to London
Published: 18 Apr 2013 16:1513 comments
A NEW over-night sleepercoach service from Dunfermline to London is being launched by Stagecoach this summer using a £5m fleet of specially-designed vehicles.
The new coaches are equipped with an interior layout that allows the leather seats to be converted into lie-flat beds and will operate seven nights a week.
The eleven pick up points include Dunfermline and Ferrytoll park and ride at !nverkeithing.
The state-of-the-art double-deck coaches boast luxury leather seats with tables, power sockets, free Wi-Fi and a toilet. The specially designed vehicles have 53 seats that convert into 42 beds.
Customers will receive complimentary refreshments during their journey as well as a sleeper kit which includes an eye mask, a toothbrush and toothpaste.
In addition, as a pilot, passengers will also be given a choice of a blanket or a onesie to sleep in during their journey.
Prices on the new services will range from £15 to £60. Journey times are comparable to existing sleeper train services, with customers able to make the trip from both Edinburgh and Glasgow to London in less than eight hours.
The launch of the new sleepercoach network follows the success of a pilot route between Glasgow and London using refurbished vehicles fitted with bunk beds.
Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Sir Brian Souter, who today unveiled the first of the new coaches in London, said, "It used to be just pop stars that had beds on board their tour buses - now everyone can benefit from a comfortable, great value overnight journey.
"You can go to sleep in one city and wake up in another ready to start the day without having to pay extra for an expensive hotel room."
The coaches will depart from Dunfermline at 10pm and arrive in London and 6.50am.