Golden Girl Wins Free Bus Travel

Shelter worker wins a year’s free journeys on Stagecoach in Manchester services

Golden Ticket Winner Saira Hillyard, at a Meet the Bus event in Wigan, Lancashire.
‘The best thing I’ve ever won!’ – Golden Ticket winner Saira Hillyard, at this year’s Meet the Bus event in Wigan, Lancashire.

A charity worker from Manchester has won free bus travel for a year thanks to Stagecoach Manchester and their Catch the Bus Week promotion.  Saira Hillyard, 19, who works for Shelter, won the Golden Ticket last month, after she attended a Meet the Bus event in Wigan, held to celebrate Catch the Bus Week. 

Catch the Bus Week is a national initiative aimed at encouraging people to choose the bus when they travel, to benefit the local environment. This May,  Stagecoach in Manchester and Stagecoach in Wigan ran three Meet the Bus events in Greater Manchester. At Wigan town centre, Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Airport, they gave passers-by the opportunity to speak with bus staff and find out more about services in their region.

Commenting on the prize, Saira, said: “This is the best thing I’ve ever won – I use the bus every day to travel to and from work and the Golden Ticket will save me over £700 this year.

“The bus is a great way to get around the city – it’s a quick and easy way for me to get to my job on the other side of the city and I love people watching from the back seat.

“As well as helping me with everyday bills, the money I’ll save will go towards a trip to Ibiza with my friends later in the summer – I can’t wait.”

Christopher Bowles, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester said: “We’re glad to hear that Saira is so happy with her prize and hope that she gets lots of use out of her ticket this year. We had a lot of interest in our services at the Meet the Bus events and its really positive to see more people considering taking public transport.

“Stagecoach Manchester is continually reviewing services to make sure that we have the best possible offering for local people.”

S.V., 16 July 2014.


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