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26 Jul 2018
Stagecoach East Midlands celebrated the launch of their Interconnect Bus Walk guide on 24 July at Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough.
Stagecoach East Midlands, Lincolnshire County Council, North East Lincolnshire Council, East Lindsey District Council, Love Lincolnshire Wolds, National Trust, West Lindsey County Council and the Lincolnshire Ramblers, have worked together to launch a series of walks, which are focused around the Interconnect bus services.
Seven walks across the Wolds, which have been tested by the Lincolnshire Ramblers, have been specifically designed to encourage people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the outdoors. Walking Guides will be available online and on-board the buses running Interconnect 53, 56 and 100 services.
The Interconnect routes are served by six brand new double decker buses, introduced into service late 2017 and are part of an on-going regional fleet investment, which has seen some £9m put into the service over the past 3 years.
Demonstrating the bus operator’s commitment to providing quality and reliable services, the advanced buses have been fitted with environmentally-friendly Euro 6 engines, luxury high backed e-leather seats and USB charging so people can charge and use their electronic devices while they are on the move.
Matt Cranwell, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “We are delighted to have launched the Interconnect Bus Walks and to promote the beautiful countryside around us. Our Interconnect bus services make these amazing walks more accessible and we hope they will appeal to people of all ages and abilities.”
“The Interconnect 100 carries a third of a million passengers every year, and we are always striving to improve what is already a popular service with the introduction of the six double-decker vehicles.”
The launch event was held at Gainsborough Marshall’s Yard, with members of the public invited to see one of the new Interconnect vehicles, and take part in competitions, activities, and find out more about the walks. The event was a fun celebration of the initiative, with Keith Panter, Deputy Mayor at Gainsborough Town Council; Grant White, Enterprise and Community Services Manager at West Lindsey District Council; and Maria Lyons, Lincolnshire County Council, also turning up to mark the launch.
As part of the Interconnect Bus Walks initiative, the Interconnect 100 service connects passengers with route 7 of the walks, between Gainsborough and Stow. The Bus Walks build upon Stagecoach East Midlands’ efforts to encourage passengers and staff to lead healthy, active lifestyles, led by their award-winning Health and Wellbeing Committee.