£3.50 FROM MANCHESTER TO BRUM

ALAN MILLAR pays £1 an hour — plus the booking fee — for a Megabus ride from Manchester to Birmingham Airport, aboard what turns out to be a hired-in coach from a Peterlee independent

ON THE COACH ROADS OF BRITAIN

Stagecoach Midlands 54060 (KX59 DLO), a 15m Plaxton Panther-bodied Volvo B12B tri-axle, on the Megabus.com stand at Shudehill Interchange, alongside a First Manchester double-decker then in Lancashire United heritage livery.

The need to travel from Manchester to the West Midlands at the end of a working day in April 2016 led me to Megabus.com.

My options of where to end up were flexible. It could be Birmingham, Coventry or Leamington Spa. National Express departures were limited and the fares were relatively high. Megabus.com could get me to Birmingham Airport for £3.50 including the booking fee, 18 days in advance.

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