Megabus scheduled coach services in England and Wales will restart from Monday 29 March. A reduced timetable will initially be in operation to connect key towns and cities. Cross-border services to Scotland will also resume from the same date.
Internal Scottish services have been maintained for essential journeys since the network in England and Wales was temporarily halted owing to more stringent movement restrictions. Stagecoach says around 15% of pre-COVID-19 services will run from 29 March, with a ramp-up from 12 April. Provision will further increase for the summer period. The operator says it has seen “a surge in bookings” for the late May Bank Holiday and after 21 June.
Adds Megabus Managing Director Mark Venables: “Coach services will play a key role as the country opens up, particularly as people look to visit friends and family and enjoy staycations around the country.
“We know that people are desperately keen to start travelling again and we are excited to be able to help them to do that.”
Reduced vehicle capacities, regular touch-point cleaning, anti-virus filters and antibacterial stations on board coaches are among safety measures in place to ensure that travel is done safely. It remains the case that all Megabus tickets are flexible and can be amended up to 24 hours in advance.