Stagecoach
Sophia Taha

New Metrolink will impact Stagecoach routes

Stagecoach’s managing director said that the new Metrolink route to Trafford Park will impact on the Stagecoach routes.

Stagecoach Manchester, however, see the new Metro route as positive occurrence, commenting that anything that reduces congestion is a good move and it will give people greater choice in terms of public transport.

Congestion costs stagecoach £6 million a year.

Managing director Christopher Bowles, said that it was a “tribute to the success of the market” and he wished Metrolink luck.

Christopher is marking 40 years of working for stagecoach, where he started as a bus conductor and worked his way up to managing director of Manchester Stagecoach. He calls himself a ‘jack of all trades’ and says that was the reason for his progression.

The company have a turnover of £105.4 million and employ 2,200 people in Manchester and Wigan across 6 depots and run 860 vehicles.

They take 103 million passengers each year and have recorded growth in passenger numbers every year since 1992 except for two.

They have had 2 acquisitions in the North West over the last few years and comment that the economy in Manchester is buoyant.

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