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Souter Investments Launches Express Coach Service Poland

Monday, 06 June 2011

Souter Investments has launched a new intercity express coach business in Poland serving the country's biggest cities and four European capitals.

PolskiBus.com, part of Souter Holdings Poland, will offer fast, cheap and comfortable intercity travel that can be booked online at www.PolskiBus.com

Eight routes will serve Poland's biggest cities as well as Berlin, Bratislava, Prague and Vienna from a hub in Warsaw.

State of the art, air-conditioned coaches will offer passengers express intercity travel across Poland and Central Europe. Fares will start from just 1 zloty plus 1 zloty booking fee and include free Wi-Fi access, luxury leather seats and a generous luggage allowance, with no hidden charges.

The eight PolskiBus.com services will link 16 Polish cities and four other European capital cities - Berlin, Bratislava, Prague and Vienna - from a hub in Warsaw. The new business will create around 100 new jobs across Poland.

Launching PolskiBus.com, Roger Bowker, Chief Executive of Souter Holdings Poland, said: "PolskiBus.com will appeal to a wide variety of people, business professionals, students, families and the retired.  We think passengers will be attracted not only to PolskiBus.com's low fares but also by our comfortable, convenient and reliable services and, of course the free Wi-Fi."

Explaining why Souter Investments is entering the Polish market, Andy Macfie, Chief Executive of Souter Investments, said: "Poland is a market we have been monitoring for some time and we have been attracted by its high growth economy, strong work ethic and its increasingly affluent population.

"PolskiBus.com is our second deal in Poland, following our recent investment in the fast growing Pure Poland health and fitness business."

PolskiBus.com adds to Souter Investments' growing portfolio of transport and transport-related assets which include majority stakes in the Fullers Group, Mana Coach Holdings and Howick and Eastern Bus businesses in New Zealand and investments in Alexander Dennis, the UK's leading bus manufacturer and bio-fuel producer Argent Energy.

Andy Macfie added: "PoskiBus.com is an example of an investment where our transport expertise, combined with excellent local management and our pool of experienced transport consultants can add significant value. The model is based on successful and fast growing transport businesses operating in the UK, USA and Canada, adapted for the Polish market."

In addition to PoskiBus.com, Souter Investments is part of a consortium which recently agreed to acquire Istanbul Deniz Otobüsleri A.S. ("IDO"), the Istanbul ferry business operating 52 vessels and carrying in excess of 50 million passengers per annum across the Sea of Marmara.

Piotr Bezulski, Managing Director of PolskiBus.com said: "We are very excited about the impact PolskiBus.com can have in Poland. It is so easy to use - our website is simple and secure and you can now book intercity coach travel in the same way we all book our flights and holidays."

The 14.5 metre luxury PolskiBus.com coaches, which can carry 70 passengers each, are brand new and built to the very latest European standards.  They are equipped with reclining leather seats, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, in-seat charging points for laptops and mobile phones and toilet facilities.  In addition, the fleet will offer disabled access and feature some of the greenest engines in Europe with low carbon emissions.

Bookings can be made now for the new services, which begin on 18 June 2011, at www.PolskiBus.com.  PolskiBus.com will serve the following cities:


























For further information, please contact:


Gordon Beattie          08448 425282

Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Souter Investments

A video interview with Andy Macfie plus a library of PolskiBus.com footage is available for download on the Souter Investments website www.souterinvestments.com


About Souter Holdings Poland

Souter Holdings Poland is a new Polish public transport venture from Souter Investments.


About Souter Investments

Souter Investments is the private family investment office of transport mogul Brian Souter.  It makes investments and holds a wide ranging portfolio of assets consisting primarily of holdings in quoted markets, fund investments and unquoted private companies.

Souter Investments' unquoted portfolio spans companies involved in transport, luxury goods, support services, infrastructure, financial services, healthcare, biofuels, power generation and the environmental sector.  These companies have a combined turnover approaching £1.3bn and employ around 7,000 people worldwide.

Transport investments include Stagecoach Group and majority stakes in two New Zealand urban bus companies - Howick and Eastern Buses and Mana Coach Services - and the Auckland based ferry business Fullers Group.  Together these three companies carry over 12.5m passengers per year and operate 270 buses and 15 ferries. 

Souter Investments is part of a consortium which recently agreed to acquire Istanbul Deniz Otobüsleri A.S. ("IDO"), a Turkish ferry business which operates 52 vessels and carries in excess of 50 million passengers a year on the Sea of Marmara.

Transport-related investments include Argent Energy, which operates the UK's largest biodiesel plant transforming waste and residues into biodiesel, and Alexander Dennis, Britain's largest bus and coach manufacturer with vehicles operating in 30 countries. It is Europe's leading supplier of hybrid-electric buses.

Other high profile, unquoted investments include the luxury motor yacht builder Sunseeker International, UK insurer esure and the internet price comparison site gocompare.com.

More information can be found at: www.souterinvestments.com.