redBus resumes intra-state bookings on private bus operators in West Bengal

Online bus ticketing platform redBus on Wednesday announced resumption of services of 12 private bus operators on its platform in West Bengal, thus opening up the routes which would connect cities such as Kolkata, Asansol, Siliguri, Raniganj and Durgapur.

The resumption of intra-state bus travel will effectively end the long and anxious wait for thousands of travellers who were looking to travel during the past few months amidst the lockdown, said a press statement issued by the company.

More than 75 private buses will now ply on these routes with a daily capacity of 2200 plus seats, expecting a high demand for travel to big cities as thousands of people hope to return to work at the earliest, the release stated.

In order to help travellers tide over the confusion of opening up of specific bus routes, redBus recently introduced the concept of pre-registration on its platform. This helps users to keep track of the opening up of their desired bus routes by giving some basic information such as phone number and email id along with the route. The users are then subsequently notified when the buses become available on redBus on their desired routes.

redBus has also launched, ‘Safety+’, a unique certification for bus operators who meet the highest standards of safety and sanitisation.

Founded in 2006 in India, redBus has also launched operations in Singapore and Malaysia in 2015 and acquired a majority stake in Peru based bus ticketing platform Busportal (now redBus.Pe) in the subsequent year. With this acquisition, redBus launched operations in Latin America markets, Peru and Colombia.

redBus is now part of the MakeMyTrip group, one of the largest travel aggregator in India.

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