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Megatrain

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Megatrain sells low-cost intercity railway tickets in the United Kingdom via the Megabus website The available routes are by rail operators associated with Stagecoach Group owner of the co-branded Megabus Ticket sales began on 1 November 2005

Contents

  • 1 Service overview
  • 2 Routes
  • 3 History
    • 31 Former routes
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Service overviewedit

Megatrain tickets are available on specific services operated by East Midlands Trains wholly owned by Stagecoach Group The available services are those that are otherwise not busy,1 and tickets are priced using the yield management model typical of low-cost airlines, where the lowest fares are offered to those who book early or on less popular journeys

In addition to the point-to-point rail fares of Megatrain, Megabusplus provides combined coach and rail journeys between London and Yorkshire: buses link Huddersfield - Halifax - Bradford, Harrogate - York - Castleford and Hull - Scunthorpe to East Midlands Parkway railway station for travel by train to London

Prices are advertised as starting at £1, with a 50p booking fee Tickets must be purchased in advance, via the Megabus website or by telephone

Megatrain tickets are available Monday to Saturday only, and not on Sundays or many public holidays

Routesedit

Route Start date Notes
Sheffield - Chesterfield - Derby - Loughborough - Leicester - London St Pancras International 2 January 2008 East Midlands Trains

East Midlands Parkway with connecting coach services to Yorkshire added 20 March 2009

Nottingham - Loughborough - Leicester - London St Pancras International 2 January 2008 East Midlands Trains

Replacement for the M13 Megabus route

Historyedit

Megatrain was announced by Stagecoach on 31 October 2005 stating there will be more than 3000 seats available each week2 Ticket sales began on 1 November 2005 for trains running from 14 November 2005 The price of tickets ranged from £1 to £19

The concept was piloted on two routes of Stagecoach's first franchise, South West Trains, from London Waterloo to Portsmouth and to Southampton Standard timetabled services by South West Trains initially had designated areas for Megatrain customers3 Designated areas for Megatrain ticket holders are not currently used

From 22 April 2006, further South West Trains services were added: London Waterloo to Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Exeter St Davids/Exeter Central, Yeovil Junction, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Salisbury in addition to the Southampton Central and Portsmouth and Southsea/Portsmouth Harbour services Poole has since been added as an option on the Weymouth line From 29 October 2007, following the completion of the Portsmouth area engineering works, the scheme also included Havant on the London-to-Portsmouth route; Megatrain tickets to Honiton and Axminster on the London-to-Exeter route were also added then

On 6 March 2007, the Times Online announces that only 1 in 900 of the passengers carried by either Virgin or South West Trains companies bought a Megatrain low-fare ticket4

On 2 January 2008, the Megatrain concept was extended to certain rail services on the East Midlands franchise, with the introduction of Megatrain between London St Pancras and Sheffield, and London and Chesterfield/Nottingham, on selected East Midlands Trains services

The new East Midlands Trains franchise was awarded to Stagecoach in November 2007 and from 2 January 2008 Megatrain services started running from London St Pancras International to Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham, Derby, Chesterfield and Sheffield5

The service was available on the following Virgin Trains which is 49% owned by Stagecoach services as well: Penzance - Bristol Temple Meads, Bournemouth and Southampton Central - Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly - Glasgow Central/Edinburgh Waverley and Morpeth - Edinburgh Waverley Tickets are also available from some intermediate stops on these routes These routes were withdrawn on 11 November 2007 when the train services were transferred to CrossCountry, owned by Arriva

At the start of 2009 more routes were introduced between Norwich and Nottingham, and Leicester and Sheffield6

In March 2009 Megabusplus tickets offering for combined coach and train journeys to London via East Midlands Parkway railway station were introduced;7 Three feeder coach routes were provided: Huddersfield - Halifax - Bradford, Harrogate - York - Castleford and Hull - Scunthorpe

In March 2017 Stagecoach lost the South Western franchise to South Western Railway, a First Group and MTR joint venture8 Megatrain services on South West Trains were withdrawn at the beginning of August to coincide with the Waterloo upgrade work and due to South Western Railway taking over the franchise on 20 August 2017

Former routesedit

Route Start date End date Notes
Penzance - Bristol Temple Meads 22 April 2006 10 November 2007 Was operated as part of Cross Country franchise
Bournemouth/Southampton Central - Birmingham New Street 22 April 2006 10 November 2007
Manchester Piccadilly - Glasgow Central/Edinburgh Waverley 22 April 2006 10 November 2007 Partially reinstated in 2008 with one early morning journey and one late evening journey, which have since stopped running
Morpeth - Edinburgh Waverley 22 April 2006 10 November 2007
Manchester Piccadilly - Glasgow Central January 2008 January 2009 One journey each direction as part of Virgin Trains
Birmingham New Street - Coventry - London 2009
Sheffield - Chesterfield - Nottingham - Peterborough - Norwich 5 January 2009
Birmingham New Street - Edinburgh Waverley 2011 Virgin Trains
Portsmouth Harbour - Portsmouth & Southsea - London Waterloo 1 November 2005 August 2017 Operated as part of the South Western franchise
Weymouth - Poole - Bournemouth - Southampton Central - London Waterloo 1 November 2005 August 2017 Operated as part of the South Western franchise

Extended to Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth 22 April 2006

Exeter St Davids - Exeter Central - Honiton - Axminster - Yeovil Junction - Salisbury - London Waterloo 22 April 2006 August 2017 Operated as part of the South Western franchise

Honiton and Axminster included 29 October 2007

Bristol Temple Meads - Bath Spa - Salisbury - London Waterloo 22 April 2006 August 2017 Operated as part of the South Western franchise

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "National Rail Enquiries - MEGATRAIN - Offering rail fares each way at bargain prices" wwwnationalrailcouk Retrieved 13 June 2015 
  2. ^ Bargain rail fares from £1 as Stagecoach launches megatraincom Stagecoach Group
  3. ^ "Low-fare travellers hemmed in to stop envy rage | The Times" Retrieved 13 June 2015 
  4. ^ Plane beats train on cost and speed as discount fares prove elusive
  5. ^ megabuscom-Timetables for London to East Midlands
  6. ^ "From the New Year passengers can visit more destinations with East Midlands Trains for a crazy credit crunching price of just £1!" East Midlands Trains 4 December 2008 
  7. ^ "Rivals do not fear £1 London service" This is Hull Retrieved 23 February 2010 
  8. ^ UK, DVV Media "First MTR joint venture wins South Western franchise" Railway Gazette Retrieved 2017-08-16 

External linksedit

  • Official website

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