To announce its latest bus service with a fanfare, Stagecoach Manchester teamed up with radio station Key 103 and Salford College to give passengers a musical treat.
The newly introduced route 38, runs from Farnworth bus station, through Salford and across the centre of Manchester, undertook its first-weekday journey on Monday, with some special passengers to jazz up the trip.
Hitting all the right notes on the bus, was local musician and Salford College student, Cian Gleeson who performed popular songs, as well as his own music along the route, which provides services to Salford College, Salford University, Manchester University, as well as Manchester Metropolitan University.
Also on board was Key 103 presenter, Adam Catterall, who kicked off the celebrations, hosting the station’s ‘Pop-up Pop Quiz’ from the back of the bus. The quiz was broadcast on the station during the breakfast show, encouraging listeners to consider catching the bus to college and work.
As well as linking several of the region’s major university and college campuses, route 38 also serves Salford Royal, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Salford Shopping Centre. Set to be popular with residents, the service will enable locals to easily access amenities and travel to work and college, as well as seeing friends and family.
Speaking about his performance on the bus, Cian said: “The bus is really essential for students at Salford College and I use it daily to get to and from college, visit friends and travel into the city centre. I was really pleased to be invited to perform on the bus and had a lot of fun. A bus isn’t my typical venue but I think the passengers enjoyed the entertainment.”
Speaking about the new service, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, Christopher Bowles said: “This is an important new route for the area, connecting the hospitals and local colleges and improving our network in Manchester and Salford.
“We recognise local bus services provide a lifeline in communities and Stagecoach Manchester is committed to offering the best possible service for local people.”
The new 38 service operates up to every 10 minutes, 7 days a week and comes complete with free WiFi, so you can check your emails and keep updated with the news as you travel. Click to download the timetable.
To welcome passengers on board the new 38 service, Stagecoach Manchester are offering their 7-day Megarider ticket for just £10 when purchased on bus from the driver on any 38 service. The promotional price is valid until the 17th August 2014.