Stagecoach West is to expand its network in Swindon. From 2 April, the operator plans to launch a new route between Abbey Meads and Great Western Hospital, via the town centre, as well as delivering a series of improvements to existing services. As a result of the network expansion, which will increase Stagecoach’s local operations by 15%, the company is creating 30 new jobs at its Swindon depot, including driver, engineering, cleaning and other roles. The new Service 3 will offer different connections to current routes, intended to create new and easier journey opportunities for local people, with buses up to every ten minutes. Stagecoach is also delivering improved frequencies, additional services and adding new locations to existing routes, including the 9, 10 and Gold 66.
Swindon has recently been in these pages after the Wiltshire town’s municipal operator, Thamesdown Transport, was sold to Go-Ahead Group.
MD of Stagecoach West, Rupert Cox, said, ‘We are at the heart of bus travel in the Swindon area and this expansion is a sign of our commitment to bus passengers in the area and in the belief that buses will continue to be a hugely important mode of transport in the years to come. We have seen positive growth on our current services and invested significantly in a new bus depot last year. We have also introduced 12 new vehicles, at a cost of £2.2m in the past three years for local people. These plans will deliver better connections and greater travel choice for customers and we believe they will help us attract even more people on to our greener, smarter services.’