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.”

Beer and Bus Run in Altrincham, Knutsford, Lymm & Warrington

near Birkenhead, Merseyside, UK
The EAM Care Group​ in conjunction with CAMRA - the Campaign for Real Ale​ and Wigan Transport Trust are hosting their second much larger ‘Beer and Bus’ event on the 4th July 2015 from 12 noon to 7pm. The route takes in real ale pubs in and between Warrington, Lymm, Altrincham plus the great addition of Knutsford and Tatton Brewery.

In use on the service last year was this Northern Counties bodied Leyland Atlantean AN68.
It is registered A763 NNA with the fleet number of 6763 and is pictured outside The Tavern in Warrington.

It’s all to raise funds for EAM Lodge CIC, a respite and residential home for young adults with complex health needs and disabilities. It's just £3 each for the programme and timetable, and will be a family friendly, free ‘hop on, hop off’ service, with you choosing how long you stay in each pub. Just follow the timetable!

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