FirstGroup unveils new Greyhound buses

FIRSTGROUP yesterday unveiled the iconic Greyhound buses it plans to use for journeys between London, Portsmouth and Southampton.<br /><br />The buses, which are named after women from American songs like &ldquo;Peggy Sue&rdquo;, will run hourly from Victoria to the south coast. They offer free Wi-Fi, power sockets for each passenger, air conditioning, free newspapers and leather seats.<br /><br />Ticket prices for the route will start at &pound;1, excluding a 50p booking fee for online reservations.<br /><br />US bus operator Greyhound, which has been ferrying passengers across America since 1914 and is famed for its blue and grey livery, was acquired by FirstGroup two years ago.<br /><br />In Britain, the Greyhound service &ndash; which will run between 5.00am and 9.30pm &ndash; is set to compete with rivals National Express and Megabus, which is run by Brian Souter&rsquo;s Stagecoach.<br /><br />&ldquo;Since FirstGroup took over Greyhound in 2007, we have hoped to bring this famous brand across the Atlantic and I am absolutely delighted to reveal the first authentic Greyhound coaches in the UK.&rdquo; chief executive Sir Moir Lockhead said.<br /><br />Lockhead also said FirstGroup would bid for the troubled East Coast Main Line if the franchise is put out to tender over the next year, as is widely expected.<br /><br />The government said it would take over the line after National Express admitted it would not be able to keep up its franchise payments to the Department of Transport.