Stagecoach, First and TfGM are joining forces to promote the benefits of bus travel at Central Manchester Hospitals by offering free bus travel to staff who have car park permits during this year’s Catch the Bus Week.
Catch the Bus Week, which takes place from 3rd to the 9th July, aims to drive awareness of the benefits of taking the bus, encouraging local people to make the switch from the car for a week and consider traveling by bus to save money, make the most of their time by letting someone else do the driving and helping to ease congestion and reduce pollution levels in Greater Manchester.
The region’s two biggest bus operators are working in partnership to offer free travel to hospital staff on Stagecoach Manchester, First Manchester, or Magic Bus services.
Elisabeth Tasker, Stagecoach Manchester managing director, said: “Catch the Bus Week is an important time of year for operators across the region as we work in partnership to help reduce the amount of cars on our roads.
“Bus travel is already the most affordable method of public transport for people in Greater Manchester and we’re happy to support the hardworking staff at Central Manchester Hospitals with free travel as a ‘thank you’ for their ongoing commitment to serving the local community and to encourage them to leave their cars at home.”
Phil Medlicott, Managing Director at First Manchester said: “There are many benefits to travelling by bus and we hope that by offering free travel to staff who usually travel to work via car, we can encourage them to swap at least one of their car trips for a bus journey. We’re also offering discounted mTickets for new customers throughout this week so that we can encourage even more people to try using the bus.
“Even switching one of your car journeys to a bus trip this week will have a massive effect on congestion and air pollution and so I’d urge as many people as possible to support Catch the Bus Week and to make a change.”
Howard Hartley, Head of Bus for Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), said: “Catch the Bus Week is a fantastic opportunity to promote the many benefits that bus travel provides.
“TfGM is keen that even more people consider using public transport as part of their daily commute and bus travel is one of the most sustainable ways in which thousands of people can travel at peak times.
“Bus travel is still the most popular form of transport in Greater Manchester. We’ve worked hard to deliver bus priority measures across the region, like those delivered as part of the £122 million ‘Bus Priority Package’, in order to ensure quicker and more reliable bus journeys for thousands of people each day.”
Bus operators are also working to make public transport easier and more accessible. Customers of both Stagecoach and First can now access journey planning, live bus tracking, and buy and download bus tickets straight to their mobile phones using the Stagecoach and First mobile apps.
Claire lgoe Acting head of environmental sustainability for Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added, “Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to support Catch The Bus Week. Our Sustainable Development Management Plan commits us to a series of actions to encourage staff to take up sustainable travel modes where feasible. Being directly positioned on Oxford Road and directly benefitting from the Bus Priority Scheme improvements, it is now much easier for staff to use the bus to get to work.”