Arriva premiers m-ticket sequel in Liverpool

near Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
Bus users in Liverpool got the red carpet treatment last week when Arriva rolled into Williamson Square to premier the sequel to its hugely popular mobile ticketing app.

Arriva's moscot Alfie poses in front of the Oscars for their Mobile Ticket App II event in Liverpool

Arriva’s mobile movie theatre invited people to bring along their smart phones and get connected with the recently re-launched m-ticket, whilst learning more about how it can help them to enjoy a slicker, suaver and more hassle-free journey.

Offering a glamourous setting, complete with Oscars, red-carpet and paparazzi, the event provided passers-by with a demonstration of the app and its functions from a team of dedicated Arriva staff, who also offered assistance in downloading it to phones, whilst serving-up complimentary cinema snacks.

Stagecoach opens UK's first privately funded Park & Ride facility

near Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
Stagecoach Manchester has opened Britain’s first privately-funded bus Park & Ride in Hazel Grove, Stockport, which is also the first facility of its kind in Greater Manchester.

The £3m investment reaffirms the key role the private sector play in maximising the transport and economic benefits for Greater Manchester ahead of devolution.

Christopher Bowles, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester and Martin Griffiths, Stagecoach Group chief executive

The new 400-space Park & Ride facility, which has a cycle parking space part-funded through Transport for Greater Manchester, will be served by a £12m fleet of 40 hybrid electric buses equipped with free WiFi.

Located on a stretch of the heavily-congested A6, the facility links Stockport and central Manchester and is expected to help remove 6,000 car journeys per month from the region’s roads.

14 Euro 6 Optare Versas for Manchester Airport

near Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
Manchester Airport Group has added 14 Euro 6 11.7M Optare Versa buses to its fleet. The buses are operating on car park routes around Manchester Airport and were purchased as part of an ongoing fleet replacement programme replacing existing vehicles with higher capacity vehicles to meet the demands of increasing passenger footfall.

The new buses seat up to 25 and are fitted with luggage racks and Wi-Fi to enhance the customer experience.

Andy Willis, Manager of Passenger Transport Operations at Manchester Airport Group, said, “We already have a number of Optare Versas in our fleet and we find them to be extremely popular with our customers. We aspire to offer our customers the highest quality passenger experience and the latest in green engine technology, the purchase of these vehicles is part of our programme to reduce carbon by 80,000 tonnes by 2018.”

Tim Matthews, Head of Sales at Optare, said, “I am delighted to see these Versas with the latest Euro 6 engine technology in service so close to where they are manufactured.”

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