07 Jul 2015
Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire has seen passengers numbers grow by over 2.6 million people from 2014 to 2015.
Passengers choosing to travel with Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire have risen by 6.6 per cent on last year.
Key growth spots for the region include its Birkenhead depot which has witnessed a 20 per cent year-on-year rise in passengers. The success of the company’s 1 Service, which covers Liverpool and Chester, with stops at Chester Zoo, and the 38 Service which runs from Heswall to Bromborough and stops at Croft Retail Park, have helped to boost passenger numbers in the region.
The company’s Chester depot has also witnessed significant growth, with passenger numbers growing by 13 per cent compared to last year. Stagecoach’s rapid X8 Service, which covers Cheshire Oaks and other key North West retail destinations, has proved popular with passengers, as has the Chester City Sightseeing tour, which the company operates.
Elisabeth Tasker, Managing Director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: “We’re very pleased to see our passenger numbers continuing to show such healthy growth. We’re committed to delivering a great service to people across the region and this focus on offering a cost-effective, reliable, comfortable transport option is paying off with a clear and continuous rise in demand across most of our depots.
“We are continuing to invest in and develop our offering and look forward to seeing this strategy continue to deliver sustained, positive results over time.”
Other factors contributing to the rise in passenger numbers include a reduction in the price of the adult weekly megarider plus+ ticket across Chester and Wirral.Stagecoach customers can also now travel freely throughout Merseyside and Cheshire on all daily and weekly plus+ tickets without incurring additional charges.
Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire has recently invested £9.7m over the next year to improve and update its fleet across the region. This includes the region’s first Stagecoach Gold vehicles. These luxury buses feature Euro 5 standard engines, designed to help cut exhaust gas emissions will be on the road later this year.
Stagecoach Bus is one of the UK’s major employers, supporting around 24,000 jobs across the UK and 1,209 jobs in Merseyside and South Lancashire. Over 200 people have completed apprenticeships with Stagecoach since 2004 and the company currently employs around 150 apprentices.