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Emergency Replacement Transport

Transportation does not always go according to plan. If you require emergency transportation, The Big Coach Company will gladly assist you.

Our modern fleet of coaches can be booked by anyone, at any time.

Our on-board facilities include:

  • Toilet*
  • CCTV*
  • Drinks facilities*
  • Folding seat-back tables
  • Climate control
  • Lap belts or three-point seat belts

*These are available on certain coaches, please specify if you require them when booking.

We will find the coach that best suits your requirements. There are usually coaches available at our depot that can be dispatched immediately. They are kept in excellent condition, and you can expect a pleasant ride on board.

We are here to assist you when you require emergency transportation and need it quickly. One of the primary advantages of coach travel is the freedom it provides.

We will be able to dispatch vehicles to your location to pick up groups of any size, allowing you to make travel plans quickly and safely. If you are stranded without transportation, we will assist you as soon as possible.

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5 Locations to Visit after Lockdown

The past year has undeniably been a strange and difficult one for us all, but with the easing of COVID-19 Lockdown measures easing, and as many of you will know, the pandemic has massively affected our industry but we do believe that hope is on the horizon. Therefore, we’ve curated a list of 5 places for your coaching travel inspiration in 2021.

1. Liverpool (of course!)

How could we not start with our home city of Liverpool? It’s a city brimming with heritage and culture. It has a strong maritime history as well as being a modern-day haven for art lovers, theatregoers and museum fans. Liverpool’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is down to its stunning waterfront and amazing architecture. You’ll never be short of things to do in Liverpool, whatever your interests. Beatles fans can take in all of the famous landmarks including Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and the iconic Cavern Club, and museum lovers will enjoy the Tate Liverpool Gallery and the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Or if you prefer a relaxing break, Liverpool has lots of scenic parks and the Albert Dock is a lovely place to sit with a coffee and watch the ships come and go.

2. Lake District

This destination is more of a broad term, but nonetheless; you can visit the Lake District for Britain’s finest scenery, greenest countryside and grandest views. Its stunning patchwork of lakes, valleys and woodland areas make it one of the best places in Britain to get out and experience the great outdoors, whether it’s on a casual bike ride down country lanes or a day-long hike across the hills. While the weather is unpredictable, showers and racing clouds only emphasise the amazingness of the cracking scenery.

3. Blackpool

The UK’s favourite holiday resort continues to attract millions of visitors. Families and couples, young and old, Blackpool’s unique appeal is that it appeals to everyone. Whether you’re looking for thrills and excitement, family entertainment and historical, beautiful gardens, alongside stunning beaches, Blackpool has it all. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool Zoo, the Blackpool Tower, the Illuminations and a packed year-round events calendar all add to the charms of this seaside spot.

4. Cornwall

Cornwall is defined by its magnificent coastline with miles and miles of dunes and cliffs, medieval harbours and huge creeks – and every mile is accessible on foot. Take a picnic and the dog through fields fringed on a remote beach; clamber down stepping-stone cliffs to rock pools that are works of marine art; swim with seals and harmless sharks. Surfing is a big draw, for all ages – bodyboarding too – and lessons are available on most of the beaches.

5. Last but certainly not least, London

There can be few more cosmopolitan cities on earth than London. People pour in from across the world to visit, work or live. Londoners are used to hoardings marking the progress of colossal infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and the restructuring of King’s Cross-St Pancras, and new skyscrapers, even entire new areas, such as the Olympic Park and Battersea Power Station south of the River Thames, are being heavily populated by tourists from far and wide. Restaurants, bars and theatres are always buzzing and the range of events on offer – from sport to food, from music festivals to theatre – is unbeatable in the British Isle.

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COVID-19 Secure Travel with The Big Coach Company

How are we making your journey with The Big Coach Company safe and secure?

At The Big Coach Company, the safety of our guests and employees will always be our number one priority and as a result, we have introduced new procedures when you are ready to travel with us again. We are continually monitoring the government’s advice and will keep this information updated with any changes in line with the evolving guidance.

The maximum capacity of our coaches will be reduced and seats will remain empty to allow for social distancing for guests who are not from the same household. Customers with specific seat requirements for medical reasons are advised to let us know when making a booking so that this can be taken into account.

Our coaches will undergo an enhanced daily cleaning routine, including sanitisation of all touchpoints. Our coaches will be sanitised at the departure and destination and touchpoints cleaned before customers board and disembark their coach.

The air conditioning on our coaches will always supply the largest amount of fresh air possible. The air in the interior of the coach is permanently exchanged; with complete air exchange taking more frequently than once a minute.  The fresh air is taken in from outside and the circulating air remaining only in cooling mode on hot days is cleaned by highly efficient filters. These filters filter out particles from a size of 0.5 micrometres upwards. Droplets containing the virus, or dust particles to which it adheres, can thus be detected and filtered.

Do not travel if you’re experiencing any Coronavirus symptoms.

These include a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. 

Follow social distancing guidance and follow instructions from our interchange teams and drivers regarding social distancing.

Wash your hands before travelling and if you can, bring hand sanitiser for use during your journey. Please be patient as queues are likely and loading and disembarking will take longer than usual.

To help with social distancing, please do not arrive at your departure point more than 15 minutes in advance of your booked journey time.

Keep to your designated seat throughout your journey and only use the onboard toilet if unavoidable.

Once you have arrived at your destination, wash your hands regularly using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser and maintain a safe distance from others from outside your household.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the crook of your elbow when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands.

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5 Benefits of Coach Travel Over Other Types of Transport

Regardless of whether you are heading for a day out in Manchester, heading off on holiday or simply commuting to work, coach travel is becoming a far more popular option for travelling across the UK. There are a number of exciting reasons that make coach travel a fantastic alternative to driving or catching a train. How many of these benefits do you recognise?

Comfort

Without a doubt one of the most positive reasons for travelling via coach is that it is far more comfortable than other forms of transport, particularly the likes of buses and trains. Modern coaches are air conditioned, spacious and well maintained, meaning you will always be able to enjoy your journey in a relaxing and comfortable surrounding.

See the country

If you’re driving long distances, the chances are you’ll rarely get the chance to enjoy the wonderful scenery that exists throughout the UK as you concentrate on the roads.

However, if you’re sitting back and relaxing on a coach, you’ll be able to gaze out of the window and enjoy the rolling hills and beautiful landscapes that are situated along the majority of our roads. It’s a fantastic way to see the country while you travel.

Lower your stress levels

Commuters and holidaymakers alike will be more than accustomed to the sort of stresses that can come from driving to a destination. Whether it’s because of the busy roads and dealing with traffic jams or trying to read a map or follow confusing sat nav instructions, driving long distances, especially into cities, can really get your stress levels up.

However, with coach travel, you’ll be able to sit back and let someone else deal with the roads. Instead of focusing on driving, you can listen to music, read a book, look at the countryside passing or even socialise with other passengers. It’s a very relaxing way to travel and removes the worry and stress that can comes with taking to the roads by yourself.

Safety

Going hand in hand with lower stress is a heightened level of safety that can come with coach travel. If you don’t know the roads or aren’t sure of where you’re supposed to be going, you can be wary of what you’re doing, perhaps even feeling unsafe on a road where everyone else seems to know exactly what they’re doing.

With coach travel, you’re being driven around by a professional driver who knows exactly where he or she is going, and they will know the roads like the back of their hands, giving you peace of mind that you can remain safe when you’re making your journey.

Inexpensive 

For commuters in particular, travelling by coach can turn out to be a rather cost effective way to get to work. If you calculate the cost of petrol, road tax, car maintenance, tolls or congestion charges, it all adds up to make driving into work a rather costly venture.

However, if you are commuting via coach, you are making one simple payment, and you are in a much better position to see what you are spending. It’s also likely to work out far cheaper than driving in every day, as well as being a more convenient way to travel.

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Essential Entertainment for Travelling by Coach

Summer is finally here folks, and with it, comes the entertainment. Planning a trip to Alton Towers? What about visiting Chester for some Roman history? Wherever you’re going, whoever you’re going with, you’re going to need some entertainment for the journey. After booking your coach travel, have a look below for our favourite ways of making a long journey seem a little shorter.

Thank you for the music

Few things beat a good MP3 player or Smartphone for a long trip up the motorway. Load up your favourite tunes and you’re set to go. If you prefer spoken words to songs, there are plenty of free podcasts available on the internet. Why not download the latest Bugle for a funny look at this week’s news? Failing that, Radio 4 offers dozens of programmes in podcast format every week.

Have I got amusement for you

A quiz is a great way of getting everyone involved. Prepare some questions before boarding, bring along a suitable prize and most importantly, make it fun. Consider adapting a panel show from TV to account for the coach theme for maximum entertainment, such as Would I Lie To You or Never Mind The Buzzcocks. You may find that some of your friends are as funny as the comedians that appear on these programmes.

Reading time

An old reliable stalwart, reading has provided passengers with entertainment since books were first invented. We like to imagine Queen Nefertiti crossed the River Nile with a scroll in her hands. Fast forward more than 2,000 years and books are now even more portable with the invention of e-readers and tablets. These let you take your entire book collection with you on a long journey – perfect if you’ve been known to get through a story quicker than anticipated.

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