Stagecoach Manchester now running two shuttle buses from Gorton and Longsight to Belle Vue Leisure Centre
Whether you think the pandemic is coming to an end or in the midst of a third wave, there are still plans to relax the government’s social distancing restrictions on the 19 July. In Greater Manchester, it is fair to say we are in the third wave, with most of the cases affecting schoolchildren and late-teens. Like last year, it is fair to say that the government’s latest easements could be too soon for the people in Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
Leading bus operator launches this year’s apprenticeship programme
Besides patronage, one of the biggest post-pandemic issues for bus operators is staffing levels. Drivers and engineering staff have been affected by absences due to self-isolation and furloughing over the last fifteen months. For regular and not-so-regular bus passengers, getting the staffing levels right is a must, as any lapses in quality could result in passengers taking to their cars.
Stagecoach Group uses Clean Air Day to push for modal switch from car to public transport
For public transport, the COVID-19 pandemic has been unkind to say the least. Despite Transdev’s ‘Clean and Ready to Go’ and ‘Back To Bus’ campaigns, public transport patronage is still way below pre-pandemic levels. If you remember the four scenarios in Transport for Greater Manchester’s second Bus Franchising System consultation, we seem to be heading towards the car-based growth scenario.
Department For Transport launches scheme to bring new life to withdrawn Pacer units
Has April Fool’s Day 2020 been brought forward? The Department For Transport have conjured up a wheeze to bring new life to the Pacer family of trains. What you may be relieved to find is that continued use on our permanent way is out of the question.
Green Week campaign hits out at air pollution in Greater Manchester
In the last week, we have learned about the Paris Agreement which Donald Trump has refused to sign, on behalf of 200 million Americans. Closer to home, Stagecoach have called for tougher action in Greater Manchester, as part of the Green Week campaign. They have called for urgent action from local and central government. Continue reading “Stagecoach Manchester’s Air Quality Call”→
Old Trafford park regenerated for Stagecoach’s annual Green Week event
Hullard Park was given a timely makeover last week as Stagecoach Manchester redeveloped sections of the public park in collaboration with Trafford Council. The activity was part of Stagecoach’s national Green Week, which encourages people to learn about their local surroundings and the environmental benefits of public transport. Continue reading “In Pictures: Hullard Park’s Summertime Makeover”→