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25 Jan 2016
All washed up...Winnall School pupils sent through Stagecoach bus wash
Over 50 excited pupils enjoyed a bus ride like no other and were shown how Stagecoach’s Winchester buses are cleaned on a daily basis – through a double-decker size bus wash.
The pupils from Winnall Primary in Winchester were treated to this trip, organised by their teacher Lucy Lewis. The pupils had a great time Alfie aged, 5 said: "My favourite part was the beginning of the bus wash" and Lilly, also aged 5 said: “Can we go around again?"
The pupils from years 1 and 2 are studying transport as part of the key stage 2 curriculum. The aim of this part of the curriculum is to see how transport has changed over time, as well as speculate about what transport might be like in the future.
Stagecoach, invest heavily in their bus fleet and technology. In the 5 years they’ve spent over £25 million renewing their fleet across the region, with further plans for new vehicles for Winchester’s Park and Ride in the spring.
They see investment in their fleet, reducing the carbon footprint and making the bus more accessible than ever before, an integral part of the company’s future strategy for growth.
In 2014/15 Stagecoach carried 40 million passengers, over 10% of these in the Winchester area alone. The company recently launched the shiny Kings City fleet because bus use across the area is so strong.
A huge number people make the most of their local bus, with many students using the services to get to school, college, and part time jobs.
Martin Gibbon, Operations Manager for Winchester said: “Public transport is significant in helping young people find their independence and we are always grateful for the opportunity to engage with schools, teachers and parents”
He went on to add, “It is great to see children get so excited about the bus, but also disappointing to learn that for many, it’s the first time. Buses form a significant part of Britain’s history but can also be part of a brighter, greener future.”
The company are about to launch a £2 anytime, anywhere day rider for under 19s. Available for an initial 5 week period, Stagecoach’s aim is to help younger passengers make the very most of the bus. The tickets will be available from all Stagecoach drivers and offer unlimited bus travel across the network for a mere £2.
Full information about the offer can be found on the Stagecoach’s website, on which the company has recently made substantial improvements. The site ensures it’s easier than ever to research nearby routes, bus stops, and buy tickets, visit: stagecoachbus.com
For media enquiries, please contact: Alex O’Loughlin, Marketing Manager, Stagecoach South and Stagecoach Tel: 01243 755861 or email: alex.o’[email protected]