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21 Jan 2015
Stagecoach East Scotland have announced details of timetable changes to the 40/40A service from Monday 2nd February 2015.
The changes will see a number of enhancements to meet community requests and improve service reliability. The existing frequencies will be maintained though a revised timetable will operate from 2nd February.
Specific changes include an additional service 40A journey to operate from Queensferry to Edinburgh on weekday mornings, providing 3 buses via Echline between 0800 and 0900. The morning timetable will also provide a more convenient arrival time at Ashburnam Rd for pupils travelling to Queensferry High School, as was requested by residents. Also based on community feedback, the Sunday service will be revised to operate via Tesco, Ferrymuir from the same date.
The company have also announced plans to end the introductory megarider ticket which has been running for almost a year.
As part of the promotional campaign for the service launch in March 2014, Stagecoach announced two introductory offers, a reduced return fare and a lower weekly megarider ticket price.
The company extended both offers beyond the originally advertised two month period which was promoted from the launch of the service and both offers extended until June. At that point Stagecoach removed the day return offer but the weekly megarider offer remained in place.
This promotional offer of an Edinburgh megarider+ ticket for just £15 per week will be removed from 2nd February 2015. It was discounted from the original price of £18 since 3rd March 2014. The Edinburgh megarider+ ticket allows unlimited travel throughout Queensferry and Edinburgh for 7 days, with longer period tickets also available to buy online.
Although the weekly ticket offer will be removed, customers can still benefit from a weekly cost of £15 by purchasing a longer period ticket online. The current price for a 4 week Edinburgh megarider+ ticket is £60 so regular passengers can revert to this option to retain the cheaper price.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director, Stagecoach East Scotland said: "Along with the improvements to the 40/40A timetable on 2nd February, we're finally removing the weekly megarider offer which has been in place for almost 11 months - 9 months longer than was initially advertised! Although the weekly Edinburgh megarider+ ticket will revert back to its original £18, it is still possible to pay just £15 a week for travel between Queensferry and Edinburgh by buying the 4 week Edinburgh megarider+ online, at just £60, and the ticket is posted straight to your door to begin on the date you've chosen.
"Also, our January sale is still on for all of our 4 week megarider tickets bought online, so there's a huge 20% off if the ticket is bought before February. As an additional offer for Queensferry residents, we're extending the January sale for the whole month of February so you can get 20% off the Edinburgh megarider+ 4 week ticket for yet another month! What's more, you can set the start date of the ticket around a month in advance too so you can still be travelling at a greatly reduced rate into March!"
The Stagecoach East Scotland January sale applies to all 4 week tickets available across the region and offers 20% off the 4 week megarider tickets when bought online at www.stagecoachbus.com. Although this January sale ends on 31st Jan, Stagecoach are extending the offer expiry date to 28th February for those buying the Edinburgh megarider+ ticket only.
The new timetable for the 40/40A service is available to download at www.stagecoachbus.com, ticket information and links to buy online are also available from this site.