Magic Bus for Birley

Magic Bus for Birley

Stagecoach Manchester has teamed up with Manchester Metropolitan University to provide a new low-cost route for local students, offering public transport to the impressive new Birley Building.

The service can be used by anyone with a valid ticket, combined with a favourable frequency of up to every 10 minutes during term time.

The 141 route, which runs from East Didsbury to a dedicated bus stop between Stretford Road and Bonsall Street, links Didsbury, Withington and Fallowfield, as well as complementing the existing 86 service, which runs into the city centre.

The new bus route is being run collaboratively by Stagecoach Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, in order to provide a vital service for students and the local community. The service comes as part of the university’s £350 million investment in facilities.
Managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, Christopher Bowles said:

“Stagecoach buses provide a crucial service for students in Greater Manchester and we are very pleased to be working with Manchester Metropolitan University on a collaborative service to support its students and link up the new facilities on campus.

“As a business, we are continually reviewing routes and work closely with local organisations and Transport for Greater Manchester, to provide services which best serve the local community.”

Andrew Taylor, Travel Plan Manager at Manchester Metropolitan University said:

“Our new Birley Academic Building is an important new investment for the University, housing the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care.

“We are pleased to be working with Stagecoach to deliver our investment plan, which makes our new facilities accessible to students from around the local area and ties in with the existing Stagecoach network, giving our students access to amenities around Greater Manchester.

“As well as benefiting our students, we hope the new service will help to serve the local community, improving the public transport option as a means of travelling around South Manchester.”

A range of daily, weekly and the Stagecoach student Unirider tickets are valid on the new 141 route. The first journey leaves East Didsbury at 06:17, with the last journey leaving the Birley building at 19:30. Services run at least every 12 minutes, and every 10 minutes at peak times (Monday to Friday during the university term times).

Tom Harrison

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