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14 May 2015
As Bako Noori, 20, exited the X50 service at the intu Trafford Centre, he was greeted by a live fanfare, confetti canons, baton twirlers, balloons and banners.
Crumpsall resident, Bako, was also presented with a £200 voucher, which he can spend in any intu Trafford Centre store, by Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Christopher Bowles, and intu Trafford Centre general manager, Richard Paxton.
First launched in 2009, the X50 route, which travels from Manchester City Centre to intu Trafford Centre, has become one of Stagecoach Manchester’s most popular services. It carried over 13,000 customers in its first month of service, a figure which increased to 695,000 passengers last month. The service now carries more than twice the number of passengers than in its first full year.
Speaking about the surprise event, Bako said: “I always take the X50 service to get to intu Trafford Centre but I didn’t think I would ever step off the bus to scenes like these. I am grateful to Stagecoach Manchester and the intu Trafford Centre for giving me £200 worth of vouchers and now I just have to decide what I’m going to spend them on.”
Stagecoach Manchester’s managing director, Christopher Bowles commented: “Today’s event was the perfect way for Stagecoach Manchester to celebrate such a huge milestone in the life of the X50 service and reward one lucky passenger for their custom. From a personal point of view, I’m proud to say this hugely important service has enabled four million people to travel between central Manchester and intu Trafford Centre.”
intu Trafford Centre general manager, Richard Paxton said: “We are delighted to celebrate the success of the X50 service, because it is an integral part of our public transport strategy. The speed of this service makes it so convenient. Twenty short minutes from the City Centre and passengers can alight at one of the country’s best tourist destinations – and people have done exactly that in their millions.”
The event not only celebrated the arrival of the four millionth X50 customer, but also marked the launch of Stagecoach Manchester’s #MyGreaterManchester social media campaign.
With Stagecoach Manchester at the heart of the community, #MyGreaterManchester has been designed to encourage people to share what they love about Greater Manchester, why they’re proud to live in the area and to highlight local events.
Christopher Bowles added: “I’m looking forward to the #MyGreaterManchester hashtag becoming a social hub of regional activity and being used to share events, like this milestone today, across social media.”