Stansted Airport will add to its impressive public transport network in May with the launch of a new coach service linking the airport to south Essex.
'airdirect', a partnership between BAA Stansted and Excel Coaches, will offer direct services every two hours, 24 hours a day between the UK's third busiest airport and Basildon, Brentwood, Grays and Ongar.
Steve Mills, Stansted's public transport development manager, said: "Over 46% of our passengers use public transport to get to and from the airport - this is the highest figure for any major UK airport and in the top three in Europe. This service will be the only direct public transport link between Stansted Airport and this area of Essex. With a 90 minute journey time we are confident that people will find it extremely convenient and an excellent alternative to their car."
A fleet of high quality, wheelchair accessible coaches will serve the route. Each vehicle is equipped free with Wi-Fi access, air conditioning, DVD screens, fully reclining seats and generous leg room. To make their journey as seamless as possible, passengers can also take advantage of a taxi add-on service that connects them from their home to the relevant bus stop.
Graham Hayden, managing director Excel Coaches, added: "We're delighted to be working with in partnership with Stansted Airport on this new service and are extremely confident it will meet the demand for passengers travelling from south Essex to Stansted. This new service will help us build on our own successful route network at the airport and will provide another important link for people living in the East of England."
The new service begins on 1st May 2009 with a journey time of 90 minutes. Return adult fares from Brentwood start at £10, Basildon - Stansted from £23 and Grays - Stansted from £25. For further details log onto www.airdirectstansted.com.