expands in France has announced the opening of two new bases in France as it continues to expand its growing inter-city coach network in the country. The Stagecoach owned operation has launched 15 new domestic journey options for customers. They are facilitated by a new operating base in Bordeaux, as well as a crew base in Nantes, creating employment for over 50 staff. Eight locations (Bordeaux, Poitiers, Rennes, Nantes, Le Mans, Tours, Angers and Chatellerault) are being added to the company’s network for the first time. All tickets were priced at ¤1 for travel on the first five days of the new services.

To support this latest expansion, a €2.7m fleet of ten new Scania single deck coaches has been leased giving the company a fleet of 27 vehicles in France. It employs more than 125 staff and, by the beginning of 2016, expects to have a fleet of 35 vehicles based in France, offering over 50 journey options across the country. MD, Edward Hodgson, said, ‘This is another exciting step in our expansion of domestic coach services in France. Our aim is to open up more affordable travel opportunities for people than they have ever had before and we believe our low-fares and good quality services can deliver that. We know from our experience in the UK that both coach and rail industries can thrive as part of a wider public transport network and we look forward to welcoming even more people in France on to our services in the near future.’

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