Posted: Friday, 11th November 2011
THE UNIVERSITY-subsidised Oxford Road Link bus service - the 147 - is upgrading its whole fleet thanks to a government grant and investment from Bullocks Coaches.
Four brand new hybrid buses switch off when stationary and travel in electric mode at low speeds. Tests have shown a 35% saving in C02, which equates to 82 tonnes annually.
To celebrate the launch of the new fleet of double decker buses, a new website has been created with all the information you need about the service www.route147.co.uk. The new phase of development on the website will be to introduce a real-time bus tracker system so you can locate the time of the next bus on your mobile or computer.
The state-of-the-art service provides the only direct link from Piccadilly Rail station to the Oxford Road corridor and is the cheapest and greenest bus in town, improving access for train travellers, as well as providing a link between campuses, its only 80p for a single journey and £1.50 for a day ticket - the cheapest in Manchester. Discounted staff and student annual season tickets are also available please visit www.route147.co.uk for more information.
- Also in the news this week is another green travel project - iCYCLE Manchester. This project has been set up by the Students’ Union with the support of MMU Environment Team to offer rental bicycles to staff and students.
The business is set up in the MMU Students’ Union building on Oxford Road, and provides low cost sustainable bike hire to students, staff and members of the public as well as providing bike maintenance services at competitive prices. All hire bikes come complete with lights, lock, and a full year long maintenance package.
Hire charges start from £5 per week for students, £15 per week for staff and offer reduced monthly hire charges. Watch out for great staff discounts on cycle hire for anyone who takes part in this year’s Green Impact competition.
If your interested in swapping your car, bus or train journeys for a bicycle, visit the MMUnion web pages http://www.mmunion.co.uk/icycle/ or phone 07800 867 815.