Too many seats go west
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WALLACE ARNOLD has withdrawn its West Country coach services to and from London, leaving the field to National Express and independent Trathens.
Services between Exeter and London were hotly contested, following the 1980 Transport Act, with Glennline Coaches, Trathens and British Coachways providing new competition for the established National Express services and British Rail.
Last year Wallace Arnold pulled out of the ailing British Coachways services and established its own Pullman service on the West Country routes. Trathens then joined forces with National Express to provided a "first class" Rapide service between Plymouth and Exeter and London.
Wallace Arnold has now decided that too many seats are available on the routes and has withdrawn its Pullman service. The operation of Glennline Coaches has been bought by Trathen.
Morris Brothers have withdrawn their British Coachways Swansea-London service, but plan to reintroduce it on April.