Transdev is introducing its second Cityzap service this month, providing a high-quality alternative for commuters who normally travel between Manchester and Leeds by train.
People of the North West, say hello to Cityzap! The all-new express bus service from Transdev connects the two great northern cities of Manchester and Leeds 7 days a week. It starts this Sunday 5th November 2017, with the launch ideally timed for Christmas shopping trips to the festive markets.
The launch of Cityzap between Manchester and Leeds follows the huge success of the award-winning original Cityzap express between Leeds and York, which carried a quarter of a million passengers in its first 12 months.
As an introductory offer, Transdev is encouraging commuters to try the bus between Manchester and Leeds by charging just £1 single throughout the first week. What’s more, concessionary pass holders also get to travel on the service for free. There are also special discount fares for students, university staff and NHS workers.
Cityzap was launched following extensive customer research across the UK and Europe by bus operator Transdev, which revealed that customer perceptions of bus travel suffered due to the perception that even though buses linked major cities, the number of stops served along the route made it difficult for the bus to effectively compete against the train and the private car.
The launch of Cityzap’s pioneering service between Leeds and York in March 2016 swept those barriers aside, and a follow-up survey in December 2016 showed an impressive 38 per cent of customers had switched to Cityzap from the car or the train.
From this Sunday, the new Cityzap will whisk passengers between Manchester and Leeds city centres in as little as 75 minutes – comparing favourably with other ways to travel between the two, and at prices costing as low as a third of the return train fare.
Transdev CEO, Alex Hornby says: “This exciting new service is being introduced following the amazing success of the original Cityzap route, and we’re confident it’ll be even more popular.
“Our idea is simple – we provide First Class travel, with coach leather seats, USB power points at every seat and fast and free WiFi, at astonishing value for money fares which are much cheaper than going by train or driving.
“Our drivers have been hand-picked to offer a safe and friendly service – and as each bus is fitted with ‘zap-nav’, drivers can choose the quickest route to keep everyone moving. If we can get people there quicker, we will!
“In Manchester, we’ll pick up at Chorlton Street, next to the coach station and Canal Street, and at Piccadilly Gardens, rights next to the Metrolink and bus stations for easy connections and close to the Arndale Centre.
“Arrival in Leeds is at the city bus station, right next to Leeds Market and the recently-opened Victoria Gate shopping centre – and ideal for connections to destinations across Yorkshire, including Harrogate on the 36, and York on the original Cityzap express.
“Cityzap was created as a new idea to improve city to city connections across the North. It’s already won the ‘Making Buses Better’ prize at the industry-leading UK Bus Awards, and I’m thrilled to see it building on its success with this important new service between two cities with so much to offer.”
The new Cityzap service is also great news for commuters and leisure travellers in the Halifax and Huddersfield areas – all buses will call at Ainley Top for easy park and ride and local bus connections.
Buying tickets for the new service has also been made easy. A brand-new smartphone app, Transdev Go, offers a range of bargain day, weekly and monthly tickets for travel on Cityzap and a network of connecting services across the North of England from Preston in the west to the Yorkshire Coast in the east.
The app also gives users access to real-time live departure times from all stops on the new route – and a live news feed to make sure everyone’s in the know before they go.
The all-new Cityzap express between Manchester and Leeds starts this Sunday 5th November 2017 – and more information is also available online on the Cityzap website.