01 Mar 2015
Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire’s new X8 service is helping thousands of people across Cheshire to reach some of the North West’s key retail and leisure hubs.
The X8 service,which launched in September last year, covers a completely new route linking some of the region’s major shopping and employment hubs including Cheshire Oaks and Liverpool ONE.
Over 130,000 people have already used the service since it started up six months ago.
The X8 provides a fast and frequent bus service from the centre of the Chester to the heart of Liverpool. The route allows passengers to travel between the two hubs in little over one hour and runs seven days a week, every 30 minutes from Monday to Saturday, and every hour on Sundays and bank holidays.
Elisabeth Tasker, Managing Director at Stagecoach, said: “When we launched the X8 service in September last year, we knew it would have an important role to play in connecting communities in Chester and Liverpool and enabling them to reach key retail destinations. It’s great to see people responding so positively to this new speedy travel option, which is comparable to doing the journey by car but much more convenient and sustainable
“We devised this new route to provide people with a new way of reaching some key shopping and leisure destinations and by offering a green, efficient and affordable means of travel, we are increasing visitor numbers to these centres – boosting footfall and revenue.
“We’re now welcoming on average over 21,000 people per month on this service, who are now able to easily reach some of the best shopping and leisure activity in the region. In addition to the jobs which the new route has created, it is also having a strong positive economic impact at a local level; boosting and enabling spend in both centres.”
The service travels from Chester Foregate Street and the rail station to Hoole Road, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and Ellesmere Port bus and rail stations. It then travels up to Bromborough and by motorway to Liverpool, where it terminates in the heart of the city centre
Stephen Mosley, MP for Chester, said: Chester MP Stephen Mosley said: “It’s brilliant to see Stagecoach expanding the routes it offers with services like the X8 now linking up Chester, Cheshire Oaks and Liverpool – and celebrating its 130,000th passenger.
“Good public transport networks have a vital role to play in the success of our city. The new X8 service is already playing a valuable role in boosting our local economy, offering an affordable and efficient bus service from Chester to Cheshire Oaks and on to Liverpool.”
The service runs from Chester Foregate Street and the Rail station to Hoole Road, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and Ellesmere Port bus and rail stations. It then travels up to Bromborough and by motorway to Liverpool, where it terminates in the heart of the city centre. People travelling on the X8 route are also able to enjoy free and speedy Wi-Fi access on board, helping them have a productive and enjoyable commute.
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. The company is also one of the UK’s most sustainable bus operators and has reduced carbon emissions by 30 per cent in the last five years. All Stagecoach vehicles are fitted with eco-driving systems which lower emissions and the company has shown the biggest commitment to using 100 per cent biofuel of any UK bus operator.