Mega Riders Go Mobile

Mobile ticketing now available on Stagecoach Manchester’s app

Stagecoach Bus App Picture
Appy Ever After: The new Stagecoach app can take the heat out of travel planning any Stagecoach Manchester and Wigan journey, from Wrightington Hospital to the Roman Lakes. Photograph of couple seen at the Hazel Grove Park and Ride courtesy of Tangerine PR Limited, 2016. Notice the sneaky Class 185 DMU of First Transpennine Express’ in the background, on a service to or from Cleethorpes.

After FirstGroup and Arriva started their mobile apps, Stagecoach Manchester has launched a new mobile app that offers mobile ticketing facilities and improved journey information for passengers. The app is free to download for iOS and Android devices. As far as we know, there are no plans for a Windows 10/Windows Phone version.

For the first time, passengers will be able to purchase Megariders and Day Rider tickets on their smartphone. As well as credit and debit cards, PayPal facilities are also available. On purchasing and downloading their tickets, he or she can show the smartphone screen to the driver or an inspector. Therefore, passengers boarding Stagecoach’s routes will have three methods of payment at their disposal.

Other features:

  • Bus Stop Search Facilities: by means of your smartphone’s GPS;
  • Real Time Information: is it those blasted road cones outside Gorton Tesco again? Now you know why the 206 is running late again and it would also tell you how many miles it is to Gee Cross;
  • Bus Route Search: going to Hyde from Ashton? The app could allow you to choose the 330 or the 346. If you’re going to Newton, the latter’s better;
  • Journey Length: should I buy a Daily Mirror or The Guardian? This part of the app tells you the actual journey time at any given point of the day;
  • Fare Options: am I travelling from Hollins to Day Drive on the 76, or starting a new job in central Manchester? This part of the app may, for example, recommend a Day Rider or a Megarider.

What’s more, the app enables passenger to pinpoint their location on the journey. Though this can also be done on Google Maps, Stagecoach’s app will also find their desired stop. For people unfamiliar with the area or casual bus users, this element of the app will be a boon.

Stagecoach Manchester’s outgoing MD, Christopher Bowles, said: “The introduction of the app gives our customers reliable and detailed information about their bus services to help them plan their time accordingly, while also helping us to meet two key Government objectives; to make public transport data accessible and achieve improved punctuality.

“We are continuing to invest in new ways to make travel easier for our customers as well as encouraging our politicians to take comprehensive action to tackle the congestion issues that are holding buses back from delivering on their full potential. However, by providing easy-access journey information, good value fares, smarter travel and continued investment in brand new vehicles, we believe we can attract even more people on to our greener, smarter bus services.”

The Stagecoach Bus app is part of a major investment in its digital strategy which is transforming the journey experience for its 101 million passengers in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority area. For further information, go to https://www.stagecoachbus.com/app.

Cautionary Note: East of the M60 does not recommend waiting for your 330 bus in night clothes, nor abstracting electricity from the power supply of TfGM’s bus shelters to plug in your steam iron. Thank you for your cooperation.

An EM60 Presentation, 22 September 2016.

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