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Timetable for Cumbernauld – London overnight sleeper bus service announced

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 09:37 GMT on Monday, 29th April, 2013.
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Sir Souter onward the old pilot Glasgow - London bus. Picture is copyright of Stagecoach Group.

AS CUMBERNAULD Media reported on Friday, 19th April, 2013, Stagecoach are planning to launch a new overnight bus service from a number of pick up points, direct to London.

The new service will launch in the summer with 10 strong £5m fleet of specially-designed vehicles, with leather seats which can be converted into lie-flat beds; operating overnight, seven days a week.

The new ‘sleepercoach’ services will link London with Aberdeen, Aviemore, Cumbernauld Dundee, Dunfermline Edinburgh, Falkirk, Ferrytoll park and ride in Fife, Glasgow Inverness and Perth; providing more than 1,700 lie-flat beds between Scotland and London every single week, alongside luxury leather seats with tables, power sockets, free Wi-Fi and a toilet. Furthermore, the specially designed vehicles boast 53 seats which convert into 42 beds.

During, the £15 to £60 costing journey, customers will receive complimentary refreshments 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.

The launch of the new sleepercoach network follows the hugely successful piloting of the route between Glasgow and London using refurbished vehicles, fitted with bunk beds.

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Commenting, Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Sir Brian Souter said: “It used to be just popstars 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.”

Specially designed and manufactured by Van Hool in Belgium, the sleepercoaches will operate under a new brand and, all routes on the sleepercoach network are expected to be launched during the summer; being operated through the Scottish Citylink joint venture between Stagecoach and international transport group ComfortDelGro.

Locally, however, it has been announced that the new service will pick-up and depart from the south side of Cumbernauld Town Centre’s bus station, with the journey time from 7hr 50mins.

In addition to the pick-up and departure points, the new service’s timetable has also been unveiled. 

Cumbernauld is on the Aberdeen-Dundee-Perth-Cumbernauld-London / London-Cumbernauld-Perth-Dundee-Aberdeen route, with the departure of the service, for London, scheduled at 23:59pm and, the arrival of the service, from London, scheduled at 05:15am.

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