Volvo B10M Becomes Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Unit

Former Stagecoach Manchester vehicle transformed into mobile vaccination centre

An out of service Stagecoach Manchester bus has been given a new lease of life as an NHS Covid-19 vaccination centre, serving the Greater Manchester and Yorkshire areas. 

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Manchester’s New Vaccination Shuttle Buses Launched

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.

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Introducing Stagecoach Manchester’s Bus Driver Apprenticeship Scheme

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.

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Clean Air Day Call for Modal Switch

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.

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What Can You Do With a Fallen Pacer?

Department For Transport launches scheme to bring new life to withdrawn Pacer units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.

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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.

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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”

Stagecoach Manchester’s Air Quality Call

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”

In Pictures: Hullard Park’s Summertime Makeover

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”

Hullard Park’s Summer Makeover

Stagecoach Manchester to regenerate Old Trafford park for annual Green Week event

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Hullard Park will be given a summer makeover this week, as Stagecoach Manchester begins its redevelopment of the public space in collaboration with Trafford Council. Continue reading “Hullard Park’s Summer Makeover”

A Fracking Good Move: Lancashire Tells Shale Gas Extractors To…

Preston New Road and Roseacre drilling operations kyboshed

  • Traffic and health concerns key to rejection;
  • But Government still sees potential for fracking elsewhere in the UK.

Lancashire County Council voted 9 to 3 against the hydraulic fracturing of a proposed site of Preston New Road. Having already voted against fracking in Roseacre, today’s news was a relief for anti-fracking protestors and local residents. Continue reading “A Fracking Good Move: Lancashire Tells Shale Gas Extractors To…”