Bus passengers in Wrexham will soon benefit from additional bus services in the town thanks to easyCoach. The bus company is part of the easyGroup family of brands, led by billionaire easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou.
From Wednesday 27th June 2018, easyCoach’s trademark orange and white buses will operate route 2, which will operate from Oswestry to Wrexham five minutes ahead of the Arriva Midlands route 2.
The 2D from Wrexham to Cefn Mawr which will leave five minutes ahead of Arriva Midlands’ 2C service; with easyCoach stating that they are “working in tandem” to deliver a service from Plas Madoc, via Ruabon and Johnstown, to Wrexham Bus Station every 15 minutes.
EasyCoach will also reinstate the Wrexham to Wrexham Industrial Estate bus route, operating as route 42. Similarly, the new route 44 will offer a service from Wrexham to Barker’s Lane at 30-minute intervals.
The man at the wheel of the enterprise, founder Andrew Martin, is confident locals will enjoy an improved service at lower prices.
Andrew said: “The Wrexham bus service network has fared badly recently, with the closure of two out of three major operators since 2016. Having just one dominant operator isn’t great for the consumer, so we saw an opening for an innovative brand that would bring a breath of fresh air to the town. We guarantee fares will always be lower than our main competitor’s, giving customers more bang for their buck.”
Andrew added: “Besides cheaper fares, we will also have promos throughout the year, as well as concessions for passengers who are retired or disabled.”
The company have also announced plans to make it “simpler and cheaper” to get from Wrexham to Liverpool and Manchester Airports – with free travel on an easyCoach into Wrexham bus station for passengers with an easyBus ticket to the airport.
Andrew explains: “We already run easyBus airport shuttles from Wrexham. Anyone with an easyBus ticket to the airport can now travel for free on an easyCoach into Wrexham bus station, and then it’s a simple change for the airport service. This won’t just save money, but also means more convenience for passengers and fewer cars on the road.”
Andrew’s wife Sarah hails from nearby Shrewsbury, so the entrepreneur, who recently sold his French easyBus business to National Express Group, is delighted to be creating jobs in the local area.
So far 10 drivers have been recruited, including one who has decided to come out of retirement. All will be thoroughly trained to provide the best in customer service ahead of the launch of the new services on the 27th June 2018.
Andrew says: “There are no security screens on our buses so the driver isn’t separate and hidden away. We want them to be open and available to help the public, which builds relations with our valued passengers.”
Cllr David A Bithell lead member for environment and transport said: “The bus industry more recently has seen significant decline and welcomed new services and companies to Wrexham.” “EasyCoach have moved their depot to Wrexham from Shrewsbury which also provides new jobs and a boost to the local economy. Wrexham Council wish the new venture a success.”
Work is currently being completed on the easyCoach depot in Rhosymedre, which has been painted orange in keeping with the easyGroup’s instantly recognisable colour.2 comments