More European expansion for

Stagecoach owned has expanded in Europe again, setting up a base in Lyon and launching a new route linking France, Spain and Germany. The two services a day will operate in each direction between Barcelona, Perpignan, Montpellier, Avignon, Lyon, Mulhouse, Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, Frankfurt and Cologne. €3m worth of Van Hools are used on the route. All tickets are priced at €1 on the service until 7 June. It will see the creation of more than 30 new jobs.

The move comes as the French Government finalises plans to modernise the country’s coach market later this year. Currently operates mainly international routes in and out of France due to ‘cabotage’ rules, which restrict coach links between destinations wholly within the country. supports recent moves by the French Government to liberalise the coach market and changes are expected to be introduced later this year. MD, Edward Hodgson, said, ‘Our high quality services are opening low-cost connections for people across Europe and we are delighted to establish a new base in Lyon with its central location in France. We are serving several locations in France for the first time. It will give local people access to a large network of services across Europe and help boost tourism. We are the only coach operator in Europe to offer €1 fares on all services across all routes. Modernising the outdated rules for coach services in France can give a huge boost for consumers, with more choice and lower fares. Our experience from the UK is that this benefits all public transport, with coach services flourishing at the same time as the country has the fastest growing rail network in Europe.’

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