National Bus & Coach Operations

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(09 Jul 2013, 7:31 am)Daniel Wrote:
(08 Jul 2013, 4:46 pm)tyresmoke Wrote: Quick bit of Megabus searching and I've managed to come up with this timetable for Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Scotch Corner...

That's quite helpful Scott - thanks.
If I could give a word of advice on improving it, I'd say that adding a list of the workings for each run on the timetable would be good - listed by Tony in Post #3.

There's also a few minor mistakes, for example the M12 southbound only has its weekday times on there (it still runs at the old times of 0645 from Newcastle, 0800 from Middlesbrough at the weekend).
An extreme rare working on the M35 towards Newcastle in the form of South Wales' B10M 52633, having just left Middlesbrough.
(24 Aug 2013, 11:27 am)Kuyoyo Wrote: An extreme rare working on the M35 towards Newcastle in the form of South Wales' B10M 52633, having just left Middlesbrough.

For anyone in the North East wanting to catch it, I believe the timings (using a guide created by tyresmoke a page or two ago) are as follows:

M35: Sunderland 1155, Newcastle (A) 1235.
M34: Newcastle (D) 1330, Sunderland 1405, Middlesbrough 1445.
If people haven't already seen, the M35/M36 duties on Megabus are now being operated by the second batch of Volvo B11R/Plaxton Elite Is, which have replaced the original 7 B12BT/'Mega' Panthers (the first 15m examples built) along with 54026 (which holds a North East connection having been based at Walkergate for a time during its early life) which will be leaving the Stagecoach Empire within the next month for new lives with any independents who won't mind a coach with over 1 million miles on the clock. The M34/M35 workings, however, aren't so lucky - they instead are being worked now by the B9R/Panthers previously used on the European runs which are now mainly in the hands of Left Hand Drive Altanos.
For everyone's benefit, here are the Elite I workings in the North East (not just Newcastle):

Glasgow's batch (54201-11)
Newcastle
M20 to London: 0140, 0840, 1420
M20 to Glasgow: 0430, 1610, 2310

Rugby's Batch (54212-21)
Newcastle
M36 to Plymouth: 1120
M35 to Manchester: 2030

Sunderland
M36 to Plymouth: 1200
M36 to Newcastle: 1740
M35 to Newcastle: 0945
M35 to Manchester: 2105

Middlesbrough
M36 to Plymouth: 1240
M36 to Newcastle: 1700
M35 to Newcastle: 0905
M35 to Manchester: 2145
This afternoons working of the M20 heading south, was being worked by a corporate liveried Parks coach as I passed it an hour or so ago near Dishforth.

It was being closely followed by a Megabus liveried coach NIS.
'Illegitimis non carborundum'
(06 Dec 2013, 6:19 pm)andreos1 Wrote: This afternoons working of the M20 heading south, was being worked by a corporate liveried Parks coach as I passed it an hour or so ago near Dishforth.

It was being closely followed by a Megabus liveried coach NIS.

There was a similar coach heading North this afternoon at Chester - presumably the same one heading South yesterday afternoon.
'Illegitimis non carborundum'
Megabus are running their free ticket offer again (excludes Scotland). The offer applies to selected routes and dates but new seats seem to be released daily.
Details can be found at:
http://uk.megabus.com/free-bus-travel.aspx

Note a 50p per single journey booking fee applies.
(18 Dec 2013, 1:36 pm)GuyParkRoyal Wrote: Megabus are running their free ticket offer again (excludes Scotland). The offer applies to selected routes and dates but new seats seem to be released daily.
Details can be found at:
http://uk.megabus.com/free-bus-travel.aspx

Note a 50p per single journey booking fee applies.

Found one!
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
http://d.pr/i/f7LI

EDIT:
Found a few more...
http://d.pr/i/rIri

So annoyed I'm not off school until the week after :|
I literally couldn't refuse a trip to London for a quid (+ booking fee)
Ok guys

Here's an up to date spreadsheet (converted into a PDF) of the latest Megabus times.
Not much has changed since last time.

The M20 northbound is often duplicated by Parks of Hamilton on a Saturday and Monday. I'm yet to find out whether this is every week but it certainly seems to be quite often! They duplicate the southbound journey through the previous night (2300 Edinburgh-London, 0930 return).
Indeed me and Kuyoyo travelled back on the dupe from Edinburgh on Sunday night, 2300 out of Edinburgh which went direct to Scotch Corner to drop us off (and a driver change), it then went straight to London, having taken all of the London passengers from Edinburgh.
The service run was a Megabus Elite which had to go into Newcastle to pick up, and then straight to Woolley Edge I presume!

EDIT:
The journeys duplicated by Parks of Hamilton I have as follows:
Fri 1135 Edinburgh - London 2100 (Newcastle 1420, Scotch Corner 1510)
Fri 2230 London - Edinburgh 0740 (Scotch Corner 0330, Newcastle 0430)
Sun 2300 Edinburgh - London 0800 (Newcastle 0140, Scotch Corner 0230)
Mon 0930 London - Edinburgh 1905 (Scotch Corner 1505, Newcastle 1610)
Please note the southbound journeys may not always call at Newcastle, it will depend entirely on booking numbers....


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Has anyone got a list of all Megabus allocations - both North East and beyond?

Planning a bit of a round the UK by coach trip and I'm wondering if I'm likely to get a coach with power sockets or not - assuming that all of the Astromegas/Elitei's do and the Panthers etc don't?
Here's a quick Megabus fleet that I've put together as part of a bigger project that I am working on...


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Thread to discuss Parks of Hamilton. I'll try and put some more detail on them up soon but I'm out in Edinburgh at the moment so just a quick note to say the new 14 plate Elite T4SCC (the one in NX livery) is on the 534 southbound today... Due in Newcastle around 1330 for a 1400 departure iirc, then calls Sunderland and Middlesbrough enroute to York, Leeds and Hull.

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Now, here is something that can be called mega rare Wink

While the 1125 M36 from Newcastle to Plymouth is normally booked for an Elite i, it's normally a Rugby-allocated example. Today however........Glasgow's 54206 (SF62 CRK) made an appearance

   
Strictly speaking not 'local Megabus' news, but nevertheless...

https://twitter.com/megabusuk/status/478816928237379584
In a surprising development, Rugby have gained Scania/Irizar i6 YN14PVR on demonstration. (Photo from Dave Law on 'Stagecoach Enthusiasts' group)

   
(18 Aug 2014, 3:06 pm)Kuyoyo Wrote: In a surprising development, Rugby have gained Scania/Irizar i6 YN14PVR on demonstration. (Photo from Dave Law on 'Stagecoach Enthusiasts' group)

New information - it will be used only on the M37 between Birmingham and Norwich due to these being worked solely by Rugby-based drivers.
Thanks to Steve Mutly on Stagecoach Enthusiasts Facebook group...

Citylink liveried 54134 is working the 0930 M20 London-Glasgow, which calls at Newcastle at 1600 this afternoon.

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On Sunday is northern rail trains running untill 1230 as id love a ride on a coach not been on 1 for ages
4842
Best bus ever
Yes. Northern Rail are reporting:

Buses replace trains between Newcastle and Seaham / Hartlepool until 12:00 on Sunday 23 November 2014.
Buses replace trains between Darlington and Bishop Auckland on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November 2014.
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