Stagecoach Manchester has celebrated the first birthday of the Hazel Grove Park & Ride by gifting a giant cake to the children’s ward at Stepping Hill Hospital, as well as offering free bus travel to local people.
The cake was warmly received by patients and staff alike at the hospital, as the park & ride’s first birthday celebrations coincided with Catch the Bus Week - a national campaign which encourages people to use the bus instead of the car.
Catch the Bus Week highlights the environmental and health benefits of using public transport, which include reduced congestion, lower levels of pollution and lower stress levels.
There are also significant financial benefits, as a recent Stagecoach survey found that Greater Manchester commuters would save an average of £430 per year if they switched to public transport instead of taking the car.
To encourage people to use Stagecoach Manchester’s £12m fleet of hybrid electric, Wi-Fi enabled buses, which operate from the park & ride, passengers who collect a voucher from the Hazel Grove site on Monday 4th or Tuesday 5th July will be entitled to seven days of free bus travel.
Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Christopher Bowles, said: “Last year, we invested heavily in Greater Manchester’s first bus Park & Ride facility to provide affordable and accessible transport for the region.
Today, we remain as committed as ever to providing regular and affordable transport for local people, both here from Hazel Grove and across the greater Manchester region.
“We’re happy to offer free travel for passengers this week as a thank you for their valued custom and I hope an unexpected slice of cake will be a pleasant surprise for the patients and staff at Stepping Hill Hospital.”
The park & ride site, which was a £3m investment, links Stockport to central Manchester through the 191, 192, 373 and X92 express service. Adult megarider tickets to and from Manchester city centre cost £13.50 per week while weekly concession and child tickets cost £6.75, equivalent to £1.93 per day.
The recently launched Stepping Hill seven day megarider is priced at £5, equivalent to 72p per day.