Stagecoach Manchester Enviro200 MX11 HHC, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station

Stagecoach Greater Manchester’s Quality Partnership Gamble

Could £142m ten-year partnership proposal be a last gasp attempt to derail bus franchising in Greater Manchester?

With only weeks to go till Andy Burnham makes his decision on the future of Greater Manchester’s bus network, Stagecoach Greater Manchester have come up with proposals for a £142 million partnership scheme. Published today, the City Region’s biggest bus operator has suggested a plan where Stagecoach Greater Manchester’s profits could be shared with Transport for Greater Manchester.

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RMCH cheque presentation picture

Two-Year Fundraising Drive Raises £31,139 for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Stagecoach Greater Manchester’s two-year fundraising campaign pays off for RMCHC

Stagecoach Manchester has rounded off a successful two years supporting Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity (RMCHC) by announcing it has raised a massive £31,139 for the cause.

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Stagecoach Manchester Enviro200 MX11 HHC, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station

Search for a Stagecoach Star: Passengers’ Vote Introduced for Employee Awards

Is the driver on your local Stagecoach Manchester route helpful to a fault? Now’s your chance to give him or her some recognition.

If you get the bus often enough, there’s every chance you might know the driver. You might know his or her fellow colleague who maintains the buses at Hyde Road depot. Or the person who trained the driver at Ashton depot. This week, Stagecoach has launched its annual employee awards. Now in its tenth year, the company is inviting passengers in Manchester to nominate their top customer service star.

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Lollipop, Ashton Bus Station (Tangerine PR, 2019).

East of the M60 says “Stay Cool This Summer”

A friendly message for our readers

If you have travelled by bus, train or tram today, we do not envy you due to today’s delays and cancellations. Especially from Manchester Piccadilly where trains have been diverted to Manchester Victoria station. Not least the overcrowding and stifling conditions.

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Mercian Regiment Homecoming image, Dukinfield, 2013

Armed Forces Day: Free Bus Travel for Armed Forces Personnel

Greater Manchester bus operators join forces in offering free travel for armed forces personnel

Today, Armed Forces Day is a chance for the public to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. From currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. In Greater Manchester, three of the combined authority’s bus operators will be offering free travel for armed forces personnel.

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Stagecoach Manchester’s Summer Sunday Fare Offer

Manchester to Ashton-under-Lyne, or Oldham to Hyde for just £2.00

Enviro400 MMC SN16 OUC, Stagecoach Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station
With a maximum fare of £2.00 on Summer Sundays, on Stagecoach’s Manchester routes, the company’s special offer would give the trains a run for their money.

Fancy a nice Summer Sunday on the bus? If you live in South Manchester, parts of Tameside, Stockport, and Wigan, Stagecoach Manchester have a splendid offer for you.

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Stagecoach Manchester: Congestion Behind 15% Drop in Average Bus Speeds

Why Stagecoach Manchester is urging politicians to tackle congestion and improve air quality

  • Bus operator writes to local politicians across Greater Manchester;
  • Stagecoach says passengers are ‘paying the price for short-sighted policies’;
  • Survey shows how bus speeds in Greater Manchester have fallen by 15% since 1997.

Enviro400 Stagecoach Manchester, MX08 GNU, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Back in 1997, the average journey time from Dukinfield [Albion Hotel] to Ashton-under-Lyne bus station on the 346 route was seven minutes. Today, the average is nearer 12 minutes with traffic lights the bane of this route on reaching Ashton-under-Lyne town centre.

Once more, Stagecoach Manchester have urged local politicians to get tough on congestion which has seen bus speeds fall by 15% in Greater Manchester. The conurbation’s largest bus operator, in terms of market share and fleet size, have also called to place buses at the heart of environmental health policies. Continue reading “Stagecoach Manchester: Congestion Behind 15% Drop in Average Bus Speeds”

Commemorative Bus Wrap Unveiled to Remember Manchester Arena Attack

Stagecoach Manchester bus covered in Manchester Together vehicle graphics

At this time of writing you would have seen and heard about our nation’s remembrance of the 22 people who died in the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena. Being a year since the attack, local, national, and international media covered the vigils and the memorial service at Manchester Cathedral.
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2017, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle

First Greater Manchester Mercedes Citaro, W366 RJA, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
One of the biggest bus related events in Greater Manchester was the closure of First Greater Manchester’s Bury and Dukinfield depots. With Tameside’s routes served by Oldham depot, Mercedes Citaros have returned to the scene.

If 2016 was eventful, 2017 was even more eventful to the power of five. Testing our city region’s bus operators, rail franchisees, and the Metrolink was the terror attack at Manchester Arena. Greater Manchester also gained a newly elected mayor, and powers to reregulate its own buses. Also a new stretch of railway line.
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Summertime (and the Evening Fares are Cheaper)

Stagecoach Manchester’s summertime evening fare offer

Stagecoach Manchester Enviro400, electric hybrid MX12 EOB, Piccadilly Gardens

If you’re a sporadic bus user, chances are you seldom buy a season ticket for one or more operator. When you do catch a bus for the one journey, you quibble about the expense of the fare and think “stuff this, back to the car”. Or you get a cab for these occasional journeys instead and split the fare with a friend or relative.
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