Megabus to suspend all services in England and Wales from Sunday

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Megabus will stop running in England and Wales on April 5 as a response to coronavirus.

It’s part of a string of measures designed to keep the company running as bus use plummets while lockdown is in force.

Owner Stagecoach said: “We are temporarily winding down our  inter-city coach services in England and Wales, and will suspend all such services by 5 April.”

The news comes as bus companies are handed a £167million bailout to keep vital services running during the coronavirus crisis.

Stagecoach chief executive Martin Griffiths said: “I am proud of the tremendous efforts and sacrifices of our people and the country’s healthcare workers during such a challenging and uncertain time.

“We are continuing to work hard to ensure Stagecoach comes through this difficult period well placed for the significant long-term opportunities that we still see for public transport.”

Yesterday National Express said it was suspending all coach services from midnight on Sunday April 5.

It said it had kept a limited network of services running to help people with essential travel but it is “no longer viable to continue to do so”.

Chris Hardy, managing director of National Express UK Coach, said: “Passenger numbers continue to fall as the public rightly follows Government advice to avoid non-essential travel.

“The decision to temporarily suspend all services is the right one based on the current unprecedented circumstances and I hope our passengers understand this.”

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