19/09/2011

Here To There Publishing bring back the UK wide coach guide!

Friend and founder of the Anglia & Thames Valley Bus Forum and Dundee Bus Forum Suzy Scott has started her own bus timetable book publishing company and as well as rolling out regional timetable books has just published the first edition of the National Express coach across the UK book - a publication much missed since National Express stopped selling their own timetable books back in 2007, here is an extract from Suzy's blog giving details on the book and how to get your hands on it!

This first edition of heretothere by National Express coach across the UK includes full timetables for all National Express services, including Woking RailAir and those formerly branded as Shuttle or Airport, but not Hotel Hoppa, by recently-formed bespoke transport publishing company Here To There Publishing Ltd.

As the book is not tied to one operator, it also includes the services of other coach and long distance service operators. In addition to the coach services of National Express, it also contains timetables for Airportbybus, BakerDolphin, Berry’s Coaches, Bus Eireann (only services to/from England), Easybus, First (Reading RailAir), Greenline (First Berks & Thames Valley), Greenline (Arriva/TGM), London United London Buses N9 (overnight link to/from Heathrow Airport), Greyhound, Megabus.com (except wholly Scottish services – see below), Megabusplus (East Midlands Trains & Megabus), New Bharat Coaches, Oxford Bus Company Airline and London Espress brands, Scottish Citylink services to/from Blackpool, Oxford Tube, Stagecoach X5 Oxford – Cambridge, Terravision, and Thandi Coaches.

The guide also includes a compete list of the services included, and an “index to places served” directly to/from Central London. The guide also includes information on ticketing schemes, operator contacts, and much more.

A separate guide for Scottish long distance services is under consideration, depending upon a response to a data reuse request submitted to Traveline Scotland. Data is mostly displayed in the Traveline South East/East Anglia/East Midlands house style, at least in the beginning. Let us know what you want to see – there is a survey in every book!

The new timetable was created using data less than a week old – so, including timetables for the new National Express Service 250 (Ipswich – Heathrow Airport) and Megabus.com Service M18 (Rugby – Edinburgh). Subsequent updates come free from the website, or you can send an SAE for a paper copy. The book had been drafted during the period when the new National Express Service A3 (London Victoria – Gatwick Airport) was being registered. This starts iDecember, so we will be sure to add a timetable in aan update, as soon as it is available.

Following the demise of the National Express printed coach guide (well, at least to the public) in 2007, many post to my Forums have been hankering aftesomething like this. After a trial, it proved to be a wanted item – so much so that one of the persons after it drew the map on the back cover! (The map is an East Anglia-based National Express map, and is a work in progress).

We also do a series of regional travel guides, and are working on some newer, light-weight area guides on top of these, for easy carrying around while you travel, following feedback on our first guide (Cambs, Peterborough, and parts of North Herts and Uttlesford).

The book is now on sale – 680 A4 pages of text and times. Printed copies cost £21.00 plus postage. Books are professionally printed as required, and are despatched direct from the printer to you! If you prefer a digital download, this is only £7.50.

Two ways to buy – Online or Offline.

To buy online, visit heretotherepublishing.com then browse to the book you want. If you want to go straight to the NX book, go to the right-hand side image on the website, and click on the NX book cover. Online sales are £21.00 plus postage for a paper copy (680 pages), posted direct from the printer, or £7.50 for an immediate digital download copy.

To buy offline, send a cheque for £21.00 plus £2.99 per book for postage. (Postage by first class post for up to two copies (courier beyond this) made payable to Here To There Publishing Ltd, 15 Titchmarsh Close, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 5DD.

Catalogues are on our website, and are also available for an SAE. Further updates to the book will be posted online, or for an SAE, by post.

Thanks for listening – please let me have your feedback if you decide to buy.

Kind regards,
Suzy.