Stagecoach makes UK coach appointments
Posted: 3 September 2013 | Stagecoach | No comments yet
Transport Group Stagecoach has made two management appointments at its UK Coach division…
Transport Group Stagecoach has made two management appointments at its UK Coach division.
Former megabus.com General Manager Ian Laing has been appointed as Projects Manager and will now coordinate events and special projects within the Group’s UK coach business. Ian has already started in his new role.
In addition, Stagecoach North Scotland Operations Manager David Beaton has been appointed Operations Director of the UK Coach division, effective from 1 September 2013.
David will manage the division’s megabus.com and Scottish Citylink operations across the UK and Europe.
Managing Director of Stagecoach’s UK Coach division Elizabeth Esnouf said: “I would like to congratulate Ian and David on their new appointments. It is an exciting time for our coach businesses and I look forward to working closely with our senior management team to continue to drive forward our coach network in the UK as well as delivering support for events across the country.
“Coach travel is growing in popularity – it is a comfortable and affordable way to travel and we look forward to attracting even more people on to our greener, smarter coach services.”
Ian Laing began his career in the transport industry as a driver in Glenrothes in 1982. He held posts as Operations Manager for Stagecoach in Newcastle and Bolton before leaving in 1999. He returned to the company in 2005 as megabus.com Operations Manager and in 2010, he also became Operations Manager for Scottish Citylink. In February 2012 Ian was appointed General Manager for megabus.com and Scottish Citylink.
David joined the Scottish Bus Group in 1988 in Edinburgh as a driver for Eastern Scottish. In 1997 he was appointed Depot Manager for Rapsons Coaches with responsibility for Portree and Fort William Depots. Following the Stagecoach acquisition of Rapsons Coaches in 2008, David became Operations Manager for Skye and Fort William and has also carried out a commercial role with Stagecoach Highlands for the past year.
megabus.com was launched in the UK in 2003 and revolutionised coach travel by offering fares from just £1* via a simple online booking system. Almost five million passengers now use megabus.com services in the UK every year, which operate to more than 60 locations across the country as well as in Europe.
Scottish Citylink, which is a joint venture between Stagecoach and international transport group ComfortDelGro, connects 200 destinations and delivers 400 journeys a day.
*All megabus.com bookings are subject to a 50pence booking fee.