21 Jul 2017
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire have launched a brand-new fleet of seven luxury, open top buses, as part of a £1.5million investment to improve the travel experience for people heading to the UK’s newest World Heritage site.
The new ‘Lakesider’ buses will run on the established 599 route between Grasmere and Bowness-on-Windermere, offering both visitors and locals a new travel experience including open top views, free Wi-Fi, USB charging points and spaces for bicycles and buggies.
The buses all have cleaner, greener engines to help reduce carbon emissions, and are part of Stagecoach’s wider efforts to promote more sustainable transport around the Lake District.
The Lakesider fleet will give people access to Grasmere, Rydal and Ambleside as well as stopping at Brockhole Visitor Centre and Bowness Pier. The buses will also stop at Windermere rail station, connecting passengers to the Lakes line to Oxenholme and beyond.
There are a range of discounts at top tourist attractions in Stagcoach’s The Lakes Connection timetable brochure too, including Tree Top Nets at Brockhole, Windermere Lake Cruises and Wray Castle.
The buses will run every 20 minutes, 7 days a week from now until Saturday 30th September 2017. A 30-minute service will then continue until Sunday 29th October 2017 and then hourly through the winter.
Matthew Cranwell, Managing Director at Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire said; “The luxury Lakesider buses will provide new, greener ways for people to experience this globally acclaimed scenic landscape as they travel through it. We aim to give passengers realistic alternatives to jumping in the car, so they can explore the Lake District without having to worry about driving and parking along the way.”
People across the North West can experience the new Lakesider buses next week when they head to Manchester, Liverpool and Preston. The buses will run on popular routes in each city and the Stagecoach team will be on board to offer free tickets and travel advice on the day. The Lakesider buses will be in Manchester on Monday 24th July, Liverpool on Tuesday 25th July and Preston on Wednesday 26th July.
To check timetables or to find out more about getting around the Lake District by bus, visit: www.stagecoachbus.com/lakesconnection