09 Oct 2020
Stagecoach today (Friday 9 October) officially marks 40 years of proudly serving our communities and connecting people right across the UK.
Sir Brian Souter and his sister, Dame Ann Gloag, founded Stagecoach in 1980, and over the past four decades we've pioneered greener and smarter connections here in the UK and in countries around the world including New Zealand, North America and Sweden. Today, public transport continues to play a critical role as the country meets the challenges of Covid-19 and looks to a green recovery.
To mark four successful decades, we're appealing to heroes in the communities we serve with our bus, coach and tram services to be part of the anniversary celebrations. Stagecoach is asking our customers and our communities to nominate their unsung heroes – it may be somebody who has played a significant role in supporting the community during the terrible Covid-19 pandemic, or who is an all-round star and helps make the community what it is.Stagecoach will be seeking nominations from across each of the areas it operates – from Exeter in the South West to Aberdeen in the North of Scotland. The winner in each area will receive high street shopping vouchers and will be put forward to the final to become the Stagecoach National Community Hero.
Stagecoach is Britain's original and most successful transport start-up. Over the past forty years, we've challenged convention and developed hundreds of new ideas to make public transport better for customers. Some of the highlights of the last four decades include the start of Stagecoach Supertram in 1997, the launch of the megabus low cost coach network in 2003, a 20 plus year stint of running some of the busiest and most successful train companies in the country, as well as trying new forms of transport such as the hovercraft and amphibus, and the steps taken to make services more environmentally friendly with the launch of biobuses and investing more than £1billion in new greener buses.To see a timeline of Stagecoach’s 40 year history visit Stagecoach 40 year timeline
To watch a special anniversary video where Sir Brian and Stagecoach Chief Executive Martin Griffiths reflect on how the journey started, the values that drive Stagecoach, the critical role of our people, and the focus on customers and local communities, see theStagecoach special 40th anniversary video