Research says Stagecoach is best value for passengers

Stagecoach has been confirmed as Britain’s best value major bus operator for the third successive time, according to new independent research..

Analysis by transport specialists TAS found that Britain’s biggest bus operator provides regular passengers with the lowest cost weekly bus travel.

Stagecoach weekly travel is on average 12% lower than the next cheapest operator (National Express), more than 50% less than bus fares charged in the capital by Transport for London, and up to 60% better value than the most expensive major bus company (Transdev).

TAS found a week’s travel with Stagecoach was on average 12.50 – up to 7.45 a week cheaper than other major operators. Stagecoach says this means that, even accounting for annual holidays, its passengers could save more than 300 a year compared to other big bus companies.

The TAS National Fares Survey 2013 concluded: “Stagecoach continues to offer the lowest fares compared to other operator groups in the UK regions outside London.”

Stagecoach Group CEO Martin Griffiths says: “We know times are tough, particularly for people on low incomes struggling with the cost of living.

“We are proud of our extensive record as Britain’s best value bus operator.”

TAS carried out detailed analysis of nearly 1,000 adult, single, day and weekly bus fares for typical bus journeys of around three miles. It found that average weekly prices were Stagecoach 12.50, National Express 14, independents 14.50, municipals 16, First 17, Arriva 17.50, Go-Ahead 18, Transport for London (TfL) 19.60 and Transdev 19.95.