New Stagecoach Falcon service links south west destinations
Stagecoach South West has launched the South West Falcon, a dedicated 24/7 coach service connecting major locations across the region. The service started this month and will operate 19 journeys a day, 7 days a week between Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol Airport and Falcon single and return journeys are priced at £1 for the first two weeks of operation, followed by a standard return fare of £5 anywhere along the route for under 25s and OAPs and adult returns from £7.50.
The service is being operated with eight new Volvo B11/Plaxton Elites with free wi-fi, air-conditioning, leather seats and charging sockets, representing a £2.5million investment by Stagecoach.
“Falcon is a bold new step in making it easier for people to travel across the region,” says Bob Dennison, managing director of Stagecoach South West. “I am confident this new 24/7 connection will prove extremely popular with commuters, university students, shoppers, day trippers and, of course, holidaymakers flying from Bristol.”
Bryony Chetwode, Travelwatch South West, adds: “The Falcon enables people to travel across the whole of the South West easily, frequently and reliably – and at a great price. The launch of the Falcon marks a positive development in the region’s network of public transport. Passengers will really benefit from this streamlined service which is time-efficient and passenger friendly and Stagecoach is to be commended.”
Stagecoach says that the timetable has been designed for commuters, leisure and airport travellers, with an hourly service from early morning to late evening, and services through the night too, ensuring 19 departures every 24 hours.
Falcon is a ‘turn up and go’ service, with tickets, including weekly season tickets, bought in cash direct from the driver. A select number of tickets will also be available to pre-book via www.megabus.com, where fares will be available from £1 plus 50p booking fee.