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Stockport resident lucky winner of 28 days free bus travel

Peter Deakin seen claiming his prize of 28 days free bus travel. Photograph © 2014 Tangerine PR
Peter Deakin seen claiming his prize of 28 days free bus travel. Photograph © 2014 Tangerine PR

Poynton resident Peter Deakin has just been awarded 28 days’ worth of free bus travel from Stagecoach Manchester, after he pledged to swap one of his car journeys for bus travel, as part of the Catch The Bus Week initiative.

Residents across Greater Manchester were asked to send in pictures of themselves as part of the Catch The Bus Week pledge, which have now been made into a mural and displayed on the back of a 192 bus, as a thank you to everyone who took part.

Peter was then randomly picked from all of the entries to win the free bus travel and has visited his local depot in Stockport to collect his prize, from assistant operations manager, Abbey Pettrigrew.

The Catch The Bus initiative, which was run in partnership with national public transport campaign group, Greener Journeys, aimed to highlight the benefits of catching the bus, including cost savings and increasing free time, as well as taking cars off the road and therefore reducing the city’s carbon footprint.

Talking about the initiative, Stagecoach Manchester’s managing director, Christopher Bowles, said: “It was fantastic to see the response the campaign received, with people from across the region pledging to do their bit for the environment, as well as potentially saving themselves time and money. We hope that everyone who took part will now see the benefits of bus travel and will consider it more in the future.”

Talking about his pledge, Peter, said: “I regularly commute into Manchester city centre for work, but I decided to swap a journey that I would usually take by car and use the bus instead. Bus travel allows me to relax and unwind before and after work, meaning I have the spare time to read nearly a book a week. I will definitely be looking for more opportunities to ditch the car and use bus travel in future.”

I don’t blame him. Not only the chance to relax but also the avoidance of insane car insurance premiums and parking rates. Petrol prices fluctuate more often than bus fares, would you believe…

S.V., 06 August 2013.

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