Down To The Park: Walkden Gardens, Sale

The start of a new series that looks at Greater Manchester’s parks and gardens

At this moment in time, this pandemic is (hopefully) coming to an end. We are still encouraged to practice social distancing and try not to use public transport for non-essential travel. The message of “Hands, Faces, Space, and Fresh Air” and the lighter nights make trips to the park most favourable.

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Double decker bus in new Stagecoach livery, Trafford Centre

AI’s ‘Aye’ For The 111: Introducing Optibus

Stagecoach Group invests in AI based bus route planning tool

  • Investment will help plan the changes in travel coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • New AI platform Optibus will help improve service delivery and provide more efficient timetables;
  • State-of-the-art artificial intelligence, advanced algorithms and cloud computing used to make timetables smarter;
  • Major technological transformation will enable quicker roll-out of electric buses.
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Double decker bus in new Stagecoach livery, Trafford Centre

Low Bridge Strikes Scuppered by Bridge Alert System

Stagecoach Group becomes first UK bus operator to invest in national roll-out of new bridge alert technology

  • £4m project to strengthen existing safety measures to prevent bridge strikes;
  • Enhancement to GreenRoad’s leading driver safety and fuel-efficiency system;
  • 8,000 buses covered in England, Scotland and Wales by summer 2021.
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New Year and New Man for Stagecoach Greater Manchester

Lee Wasnidge to succeed Elisabeth Tasker in 2021

Lee Wasnidge.
  • Lee Wasnidge joins Stagecoach’s largest bus company on 04 January 2020;
  • Successor to Elisabeth Tasker has Background in running rail and air services in Greater Manchester at senior level;
  • New MD has extensive customer service and stakeholder management experience, whilst recognising Stagecoach’s major role in supporting the North West’s economy.
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Stagecoach Greater Manchester Santa

Official! Santa Swaps Sleigh For Bus

Stagecoach Greater Manchester drivers spread a bit of Christmas cheer to raise funds for local communities

Given how strange 2020 has been, Father Christmas trading in his sleigh for a double decker bus now seems run-of-the-mill. Who could blame him as he could use the top deck for storing presents? Unless he uses an open top bus, the presents wouldn’t be soggy. As for automatic transmission, cab heating, kneeling floors and buggy bays, a development that is long overdue. Sadly at the expense of Rudolph and his fellow furloughed reindeer friends.

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Foodbank Bus Delivery

Stagecoach Canteen Changes Sees Surplus Food Sent to Food Banks

Why Stagecoach Greater Manchester donated supplies to five food banks in the city region

Stagecoach driver Joanne Morgan unloads food donations from the bus to the food bank at United Estates of Wythenshawe.

There is a famous episode of On The Buses* when Luxton and District decide to change the canteen facilities. After a few complaints about the food portions and Messrs Butler and Co. wanting a bit more than two pork sausages, the canteen staff are replaced by a wall of vending machines. Thankfully, this didn’t happen with Stagecoach Greater Manchester, after a change of canteen supplier. Their changes left the canteens of our city region’s leading bus operator with an abundance of baked beans, a bounty of bread, and a cornucopia of coffee granules. Not to mention a multitude of meat pies.

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‘Busy Bus’ App to Help With Journey Planning

Stagecoach Greater Manchester introduces new app to ensure safe social distancing

  • Data and artificial intelligence to help with social distancing;
  • Traffic light indicator enables passengers to consider alternative, quieter routes.

The Stagecoach Group is launching a new smartphone “Busy Bus” indicator app. This will help customers plan their journeys as service frequencies increase across the country.

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Measures: Sunday Service Across Stagecoach Greater Manchester Routes

Important information for bus passengers during the Coronavirus situation

From the 28 March [this Saturday], further precautions against the Coronavirus pandemic will be taken by Stagecoach Greater Manchester. With the effects of a near total lockdown leading to an inevitable loss of patronage, most of their routes will be operating an enhanced Sunday service.

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Stagecoach electric bus, Sharston depot

Stagecoach Greater Manchester’s ‘Electrification’ of Didsbury Bus Routes

32 all-electric double decker buses go live

This week, Stagecoach Greater Manchester is proud to unveil Greater Manchester’s first double-decker electric buses in a £16.5m investment. The 32 electric buses operate on the popular 111 and 43 routes connecting Manchester city centre, Manchester Airport, five hospitals and three universities. 

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Ewing School Minibus Image

On The Road With Ewing School: Midweek Minibus Trips

A look at the weekly environmental excursions that were part and parcel of life at Ewing School in the 1980s

With the start of a fresh school year and an online reunion with a former fellow pupil, I too have ‘returned to school’ with this post.

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