Stagecoach Launches Christmas Markets Service

Stagecoach Launches Christmas Markets Service
An archive picture of a Stagecoach City Connect Volvo B10M with Plaxton Premiere bodywork back in 2010.Tom Harrison

Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire has launched a special festive service to connect people living in Preston and Chorley and the surrounding areas with the Manchester Christmas markets on the run-up to Christmas.

The X61 service will launch on 11th November 2017 and will run from Preston to Manchester every Saturday until 16th December 2017.

Two services will leave Preston at 8am and 9am respectively. The route will run from Preston Bus Station calling at Chorley, Adlington, Horwich, Worsley, and Salford before completing the journey at Manchester’s Edwardian Hotel.

Both buses will depart from Manchester Edwardian Hotel at 4.30pm, giving people a full day to explore the markets and pick up their Christmas shopping.

Rob Jones, managing director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: “We’re very pleased to announce the launch of this special festive service, which will enable people living in Preston to easily get to Manchester, experience the wonderful Christmas markets and maybe even enjoy a mulled wine or two before coming home.

“Travelling by car in the run-up to Christmas can add stress to an already busy period with worries about parking or driving in heavy city centre traffic. We hope our festive service will give people living in Preston, Chorley and the surrounding areas, a quick, affordable, and comfortable way to enjoy a festive day out, get their Christmas shopping in and make the most of the season.”

Tickets for the service are available online or on the bus and will cost:

·     Preston to Manchester: (adult return £10, child £8)
·     Chorley or Adlington to Manchester:  (adult return £8, child £6)
·     Horwich, Worsley or Salford to Manchester: (adult return £6, child £3)

Special fares apply and no concessions will be available for the X61 service. For the timetable, check the Stagecoach App or visit the Stagecoach website.

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