Stagecoach best value bus operator

Stagecoach have announced they are investing in a fleet of 390 vehicles

Stagecoach have announced they are investing in a fleet of 390 vehicles

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Stagecoach has again been confirmed as Britain’s best value bus operator, according to new independent research.

Research just published by transport specialists TAS found weekly bus travel with Stagecoach is on average 17.5% cheaper than other bus operators. The difference could save passengers an average of nearly £150 a year.

Stagecoach’s average weekly ticket price of £13.27 - the lowest in the survey - was nearly £3 cheaper than the £16.09 average for other operators. TAS also found Stagecoach was up to 20% cheaper than other operators for weekly travel.

The findings come only weeks after research by Stagecoach showed that travelling by bus instead of commuting by car could save drivers around £150 a month.

TAS analysed nearly 1,100 fares across different regions, area types and operators for its National Fares Survey 2011. Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Sir Brian Souter said: “This independent survey proves what our own regular passengers have known for a long time – Stagecoach is Britain’s best value bus operator.

“At a time when sky-high motoring costs and rising household bills are squeezing living standards for many families across Britain, it makes more sense than ever to switch to the bus. We are leading the way in providing good-value, high-quality travel and making sure the bus is an affordable transport option, particularly for people who are less well off.”

The TAS 2011 survey also found that Stagecoach has:

-Six out of seven of the lowest single fares in the sample

-Half of the 12 lowest day ticket prices

-Seven out of 11 of the lowest weekly ticket prices

-Lower than inflation fare increases over the last two years