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The man who tries to save the long-distance coach transport in Europe. The Eurolines man Mr John Gilbert

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The man who tries to save the long-distance coach transport in Europe. The Eurolines man Mr John Gilbert

We asked a few questions to John Gilbert, Managing Director of Eurolines UK. Eurolines is Europe’s largest scheduled international coach operator. John is not only responsible for the British branch of Eurolines, he is the president of the whole Eurolines group. That's not all, John works to improve the quality and functionality of the entire European coach transport. He is the originator of many bus transport related initiatives. One of his latest initiatives is to improve access to the main European stations and major interchange hobs for coach operators. In one of his ...

John Gilbert re-elected Eurolines president at annual conference

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The Eurolines Organisation has reappointed John Gilbert as President for a second term at their annual conference in Ulm, Germany.The Eurolines group is composed of 32 independent transport operators which together form Europe's largest regular coach network. As well as being President of the Organisation John Gilbert is also Managing Director of Eurolines UK, part of National Express.Eurolines members from across Europe, including representatives from Veolia Transdev and Deutsche Touring met at the two day conference in Germany earlier this month. Key items on the agenda i...

Improved coach service pays tribute to Wales' first Irish community

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Descendents of one of the first Irish settlements in Wales have unveiled a lasting legacy to their community via an improved coach service from Cardiff. Former residents of Newtown helped design a plaque on the side of the Eurolines service, which commemorates their past home: "Little Ireland - honouring the community of Newtown, Cardiff". The service is operated by Bernard Kavanagh and Sons, based in Urlingford, Ireland. The Eurolines service will carry hundreds of passengers between Cardiff, Waterford, Limerick and Cork every week and The Newtown Association hope it wil...

New day service to Dublin introduced for summer holidays

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A summer coach service to Dublin has been introduced from Birmingham and London offering return trips from £47 – including luggage, booking fee and taxes.Eurolines, Europe’s leading coach company and a sister company of National Express, launched the summer service from Victoria and Birmingham Coach Stations to cater for the Irish community travelling home during the holidays.The company has introduced modern air-conditioned coaches on the route with extra legroom.  For the short hop across the Irish Sea at Holyhead, people travel aboard the luxury Irish Ferries' Ulys...

National Express Group announcement: Continental coach travel booms as passengers choose value

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Continental coach travel booms as passengers choose budget travel 44% increase in coach passengers to Paris in June 2011 vs. June 2010 Ash Cloud was catalyst for coach boom Surge in demand for budget travel from French and American travellers National Express is laying on around one hundred additional coaches during peak months to meet demand on their London to Paris service – as continental coach travel booms. Half year results from Eurolines, the European arm of National Express, reveal that almost 100,000 people have travelled by coach between London and Pari...

Wi-fi now available on all Eurolines routes from London to Paris

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Eurolines’ passengers can now free and without interruption use the internet between London and Paris for the first time, thanks to free wifi installed on Eurolines coaches. Europe’s largest scheduled coach operator installed continuous wifi on the London to Paris route in June – and over 20,000 customers have already taken advantage of the free service. John Gilbert, Managing Director Eurolines UK, said: This is the first time internet has been continuously available between the UK and main land France and it’s a real benefit of travelling by coach.  Having w...

The European Union was urged to ensure better access to coach travel

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According to information posted on, the request was made by Mr. John Gilbert - President of Eurolines, a co-founder of a campaign to improved access to coach terminals. Eurolines, Europe's leading coach company, and the rest of the coach industry is also pressing for more "integrated" rail and bus terminals.Gilbert said that while the company welcomed the recent adoption of new rights for passengers, "much still needs to be done" to improve the "passenger experience".He pointed out that many European cities, including tourist destinations such as Amsterdam and...

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