Superbus finally gets a green light
The new low cost bus service, which was originally supposed to launch this summer, finally got permission from the Estonian Road Administration to put its vehicles on the road.
Superbus, owned by Scottish businessman Sir Brian Souter, plans to run around 15 services each day between Estonia's largest cities, with fares starting at as low as one euro (plus one euro booking fee).
The company wanted to start its service in July, but the Road Administration did not issue line permits, saying that the bus routes were already fully scheduled and there are no vacant slots available.
The company and Road Administration have reached compromise now and Superbus will start servicing Tallinn-Tartu, Tallinn-Pärnu, and Tallinn-Narva routes from December 14.
Souter’s companies operate a double-decker concept, which he said is more efficient and economical. "Because we have 89 seats, we can sell 20 or 30 of these seats at very low prices and still have a single decker enough seats to sell at more regular prices," Souter told ERR in July.
Souter’s bus companies also operate in the UK, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Finland and Poland.