After outlining a series of policy suggestions for local and central government in a bid for tougher action on air quality, Stagecoach East Midlands has held a series of local events to help raise the awareness of environmental issues.
During the annual Green Week, which ran from 5th to 9th June 2017, Stagecoach East Midlands has held events in Lincoln, Worksop and on Twitter.
Kicking off the week was the Green Week Twitter Quiz on Monday 5 June, which was World Environment Day. With questions published every hour, seven followers won Megariders giving them seven days free travel on Stagecoach buses.
An Awareness Event took place at Lincoln Cornhill where people had the chance to win travel prizes by taking part in the ‘Smoothie Bike Challenge’. Chris Mason won one month’s free travel riding a bike that powered a smoothie machine for one minute. He achieved a distance of 0.71 miles, the furthest out of all the men who took part.
Zoe from Ruskington also won one month’s free travel with a distance of 0.57 miles in one minute, which was the furthest distance travelled out of all the ladies who took part. In addition, the Stagecoach team gave 23 people one week’s free travel for participating in the Cycle a Bus Route Challenge.
Throughout the week, there were ‘Meet the Manager’ events in Worksop and Lincoln Bus Stations. The sessions gave people the opportunity to chat about their local bus services with Simon Garbutt, Operations Manager at Worksop, and Phil Gibbons, Assistant Operations Manager at Lincoln.
Phil Gibbons said, “The sessions gave us a chance to answer customers’ queries about our routes and timetables. There was also lots of interest in the construction of the new Lincoln City Bus Station. It's always good to have a chat with our regular bus users for feedback on our services”.
Michelle Hargreaves, Stagecoach East Midlands Managing Director, said: “Our activities throughout Green Week were a great success. We were delighted to meet so many of our passengers and to explore ideas about how we can be even more environmentally friendly.”
Transport operator Stagecoach has called for tougher action on air quality to protect local communities across Britain. As global concern grows over increasing pollution in towns and cities, the company said urgent action was particularly needed by central and local government to tackle the public health emergency.
Stagecoach Group is mid-way through a five-year environmental strategy, Shared responsibility, shared future, which has been produced in partnership with the Carbon Trust and sets out a package of investments at the Group’s bus and rail businesses.
It follows a 30% reduction in the Group’s carbon intensity since 2007-08 and the achievement of previous targets 12 months ahead of schedule.
GreenRoad is just one example of the environmental measures Stagecoach employs. The driver safety platform tracks vehicles and analyses performance to help the fleet achieve sustainable improvement in carbon emissions, fuel efficiency, passenger comfort and safety.
By April 2019, Stagecoach aims to further reduce carbon emissions from buildings and fleet, cut water consumption and improve its waste recycling rate.
Stagecoach Group has already been awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard for measuring, managing and reducing its global carbon footprint, becoming the first public transport operator to have its boundaries certified outside of Europe.
Smoothie Bike Challenge winner, Chris Mason, races Ralfie rabbit at the event in Lincoln.