East Midlands Trains

East Midlands Trains

September 23, 2013 10:24 ET

New Combined Rail and Bus Ticket Launched for Loughborough Students

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Sept. 23, 2013) - East Midlands Trains and Kinchbus have teamed up to launch a special combined bus and train ticket for students at Loughborough University.

From today (Monday 9 September), students and university staff travelling from Loughborough rail station to the university will be able to buy a combined bus and train ticket valid for travel on East Midlands Trains and the Kinchbus 'sprint' route.

Neil Micklethwaite, Customer Service and Commercial Director for East Midlands Trains, said: "This is a great example of two local transport operators working together to deliver a better solution for customers in Loughborough, which is at the heart of our operation.

"We have a wonderful train station at Loughborough now after all of the recent redevelopment work. It is a great interchange and the launch of this new ticketing initiative provides the final piece in the integration jigsaw here. This ticket will make it so much easier for our customers and the community to make an integrated rail and bus journey to and from the station. It's great to be working with Kinchbus again to launch an innovative new product for our customers."

Alex Hornby, Commercial Director of Kinchbus, said: "We've been running the main bus route from the station to town and university for many years now, but have been keen to improve the link for customers making part of their journey by rail. This new partnership between Kinchbus and East Midlands Trains, and the new all-in-one bus and train ticket, will really improve usability across both modes of transport."

Bus add-on tickets are priced at just £1.30 for an adult day single fare and are available when buying tickets online or at the station. Kinchbus runs the 'sprint' route every 10 minutes between the station, town centre and university, with buses running until as late as 4:30am from the end of September.

East Midlands Trains has also recently installed a ticket-collection machine at Loughborough University, allowing students to book their train tickets online and collect them before catching the bus to get to the train station.

For more information about East Midlands Trains visit eastmidlandstrains.co.uk or for information about Kinchbus, visit kinchbus.co.uk.

Notes to Editors

For media enquiries, please contact East Midlands Trains on 01738 442111. Out of office hours: An on-call service operates for urgent media enquiries out of hours. To access this service, please call 08448 222888 and quote MEDIA1. Please leave a short message, including your name, media organisation, phone number and the nature of your enquiry. The on call press officer will then return your call.

For a selection of East Midlands Trains images visit www.flickr.com/photos/eastmidlandstrains.

East Midlands Trains

  • East Midlands Trains, part of the Stagecoach Group, runs fast, frequent trains from and to London St Pancras International and key UK destinations throughout the East Midlands, including Leicester, Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester and Liverpool.
  • East Midlands Trains is currently investing over £40 million to improve stations across its network and every single passenger train within its fleet.
  • East Midlands Trains is committed to offering great value fares. Use the Best Fare Finder to search for cheap train tickets and book cheap train tickets to London and on more than 400 routes across the UK.

Stagecoach Group

  • Stagecoach Group is a leading international public transport group, with extensive operations in the UK, United States and Canada. The Group employs around 35,000 people, and operates bus, coach, train, and tram services.
  • Stagecoach is one of UK's biggest bus and coach operators with around 8,000 buses and coaches. Around 2.5 million passengers travel on Stagecoach's buses every day on a network stretching from south-west England to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The Group's business includes major city bus operations in London, Liverpool, Newcastle, Hull, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield and Cambridge. Low-cost coach service, megabus.com, operates between around 60 towns and cities across the UK.
  • Stagecoach is a major UK rail operator, running the South West Trains, Island Line and East Midlands Trains networks. It has a 49% shareholding in Virgin Rail Group, which operates the West Coast inter-city rail franchise.
  • Stagecoach also operates the Supertram light rail network in Sheffield.
  • In North America, Stagecoach operates around 2,900 buses and coaches in the United States and Canada. Megabus.com serves more than 100 cities in North America. Stagecoach is also involved in operating commuter and transit services, contracted bus services, charters, sightseeing tours and a small number of school bus services.

Contact Information