Harpurhey Passengers ‘Shook Up’ About Route Revamp

Elvis impersonator used to relaunch 56, 57, and 156 routes

There's a guy stood by the bus stop who swears he's Elvis.
There’s a guy stood by the bus stop who swears he’s Elvis.

Way down in the list of priorities of the average North Mancunian bus passenger is unreliability and expense. Lately, there was suspicious minds on the streets of Harpurhey when The King was seen waiting for a bus.

We can assure you he hadn’t done a gig at The Miners and missed his last bus. In reality, Stagecoach Manchester passengers were treated to a concert from the King himself. An Elvis impersonator provided some rock ‘n’ roll entertainment for passengers on their newly enhanced 56 and 57 services.

To celebrate the launch of the enhanced services, the Elvis impersonator belted out the Memphis megastar’s hits, such as Jailhouse Rock and Heartbreak Hotel. This in homage to the King’s Number One hit single in 1956 and the enhanced 56 service.

The revamped 56 and 57 services will transport passengers from Harpurhey, Higher Blackley, North Manchester General Hospital and Lower Crumpsall to Manchester city centre.

Therefore, the 56, 57 and existing 156 services will now run up to every 15 minutes on weekdays and Saturday daytimes. This provides an affordable, comfortable and well connected alternative to the tram and private transport.

Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Christopher Bowles, said: “We’ve listened to customer feedback and have improved our 56 and 57 services, combined with the 156 and 56A/57A on Sundays, to give the people of North Manchester regular and affordable transport to Manchester city centre.”

The same month will also see the addition of new links on the 330 service from Ashton-under-Lyne to Stockport. All will be revealed in a future East of the M60 posting.

In Pictures: more pictures of the Elvis impersonator

If you’re still not convinced, here’s the King strutting his stuff and performing his greatest hits.

All images courtesy of Tangerine PR Ltd, 2016. 

Eivis is stood beside the driver. As the vehicle is in motion, this calls for a little less conversation.
Eivis is stood beside the driver. As the vehicle is in motion, this calls for a little less conversation.
Elvis has just left the bus station.
Elvis has just left the bus station.
In reference to a passenger who told her story about a nightmare journey on the 346, he said, "I saw you crying in Old Chapel".
In reference to a passenger who told her story about a nightmare journey on the 346, he said, “I saw you crying in Old Chapel”.
Passenger and Elvis
Passenger: I wish I was in Disley (ohwaohwa…) Elvis: Sorry, you cannot use your Megarider on the 199. It’s High Peak who runs that one. Passenger: Cheers, mate. Can I have a selfie?
Enviro200, Shudehill Interchange.
Chris: I don’t want to drive a Tiger, ’cause Tigers brake too rough. Elvis: I want a bus where the seats are… comfy enough.
Elvis is about to alight at the Heartbreak Hotel. Nobody told him it has now been converted into flats.
Elvis is about to alight at the Heartbreak Hotel. Nobody told him it has been converted into flats.
Elvis' audience of passengers heading towards Manchester city centre.
Captivated: his audience of passengers heading towards Manchester city centre.
Just got this small matter of a gig at the Manchester Arena. It's now or never...
Elvis is in a hurry. It’s now or never…
Yes, he did it his way, in Harpurhey.
Yes, he did it his way, in Harpurhey.

An EM60 Presentation, 13 October 2016.

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