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Greyhound UK
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Greyhound coach 23316 in Cowes on the Isle of Wight during a promotional visit.
Parent FirstGroup
Founded 14 September 2009
Headquarters Simonstone, Lancashire[1]
Service area London and south-east England
Service type Intercity coach service
Routes 2
Stops 5
Destinations 3
Fleet 10
Fuel type Diesel
Web site greyhounduk.com


Greyhound UK is a low-cost intercity scheduled coach service in the United Kingdom[2], owned by FirstGroup, operated by the Truronian division of First Devon & Cornwall, and based on the long-established Greyhound service in the USA. It began operations on 14th September 2009 as an hourly service between London and Portsmouth or Southampton. Further routes are planned for 2010.

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Service

Greyhound UK offers cheaper tickets when booked in advance via the website, similar to Funfares on National Express, and Megabus, using refurbished Scania vehicles painted in a livery similar to that which was introduced on the American Greyhound line in early 2009.[3]. The service is being marketed as upmarket, with free Wi-Fi, extra legroom and reclining seats. Each coach has 41 seats as opposed to the standard 50-60 on a similarly-sized coach[4].

Destinations

Greyhound UK operates from London on separate routes to points in the South East. Calling points are listed below, in order of departure from the city.

City Stops
London Bulleid Way Stand 5 (near Victoria station)
Portsmouth The Hard Interchange City Centre
Edinburgh Road
Southampton Town Quay WestQuay
Castle Way
University of Southampton
Bassett Avenue

Routes

There are currently 2 routes.

Start End Date Started
London Portsmouth 14 September 2009
London Southampton 14 September 2009

History of name

The earliest use of the Greyhound name and logo for coach services in England was by Greyhound Motors in 1921. The name and logo continued to be used by Bristol Omnibus Company (which bought Greyhound in 1936) until 1972. FirstGroup now own the former Bristol Omnibus Company, but the revival of the name by FirstGroup is not connnected to the former use of the name by their subsidiary. Its use of the name, instead, is connected to its acquisition of the owner of the American Greyhound line in 2007, where the latest logo and livery used is the same as the one used in the United Kingdom.

Fleet

The rear of coach 23316 in Cowes on the Isle of Wight during a promotional visit.

10 Scania Irizar PB coaches with only 41 seats providing extra legroom and a 41" seat pitch, free Wireless internet and at seat 240V power sockets.

The 10 Scania Irizar PB Coaches currently used on Greyhound were originally 49 seats & used for First Group's National Express contract work. The coaches were based at First's depots, Bristol, Cheltenham & Northampton & used on National Express routes 040 Bristol to London Victoria, 200 Bristol to Gatwick, 412 Gloucester to London Victoria, 222 Hereford to Gatwick & 707 Northampton to Gatwick.

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Greyhound fleet

Coaches are numbered in the same SemaVoyager system as other FirstGroup vehicles. Greyhound coaches also carry the names of famous Americans mentioned in song as follows:

23315 - Sweet Caroline
23316 - Mrs Robinson
23317 - Good Golly Miss Molly
23318 - Mandy
23319 - Sherry
23320 - Billie Jean
23321 - Proud Mary
23322 - Barbara Anne
23323 - Sharona
23324 - Jolene
23325 - Peggy Sue

References

Time magazine online report: http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,44163967001_1929329,00.html

See also

External links


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