Stagecoach West are holding an open day for all to celebrate the unveiling of their new Swindon Bus Depot on Sunday 28 February.
The £3.2 million purpose-built facility at Cheney Manor Industrial Estate is built on the site of the old Plessey Social Club and replaces the old and very restricted Stagecoach garage site on Eastcott Hill in Old Town.
There will be lots for visitors to see and do on the day, including games, competitions, giveaways and take a tour of the new repair and maintenance garage, with optional talks about how Stagecoach operates and maintains its fleet of 65 buses across 8 different models, serving over 5.5 million passengers annually in the Swindon area alone.
Activities available throughout the day will include:
- Ride a bus through the car wash
- Take the Hazard Perception Test for large loads
- Explore and learn all about bus memorabilia
- Children’s area: face painting, colouring competitions, safety lessons etc.
- Local charities hosting games and competitions, including the Swindon Bunny Rescue
North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson cut the ribbon to open the new depot at a press opening day on 26 February. He said: “I was delighted to open the new Stagecoach depot. This £3.2 million facility is a really significant investment and shows the company’s confidence in Swindon as an economic success in the region. I’m also pleased that depot represents a much needed element in the regeneration of Cheney Manor Industrial Estate.”
Swindon operations manager Shelley Usher said: “The opening of our new hub is a dream come true. We will now be able to operate much more efficiently than the site in Old Town because of the many restrictions imposed on running a bus depot in a densely populated urban area. This site also allows us opportunities to expand in the future.”
Orlaith Palmer, Marketing Manager for Stagecoach West, said: “We’re immensely excited to unveil our new bus depot and open the doors for people to take a look around on Sunday 28 February. We’ve got a fun-filled day planned for people of all ages, we’re hoping to raise money for local Swindon charities and we can’t wait to celebrate this new development with our passengers. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone through our doors to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes.”