Bus firms backing Swindon

By Barrie Hudson - 11 August 2020


Swindon's Bus Company and Stagecoach are backing the inSwindon BID #ShineOnSwindon campaign.

  • The star symbolises inSwindon BID's campaign to help the town centre's businesses

    The star symbolises inSwindon BID's campaign to help the town centre's businesses

The BID - Business Improvement District - welcomes businesses back into the town centre with a window decal star filled with colour as a symbol of support. 
As part of the ongoing campaign, inSwindon BID has been engaging with local bus companies Swindon’s Bus Company and Stagecoach. 

Chairman of inSwindon BID Ian Larrard joined Swindon’s Bus Company General Manager and inSwindon BID Board Member Alex Chutter to welcome six new 20-plate buses into the town centre with the decal star at their Swindon depot. 

In the town centre, Street Ambassador Kev Saunders met up with Bill McCartney, Operations Manager at Stagecoach Swindon, to thank the firm for keeping passengers safe when travelling by bus into the town centre.

Alex Chutter, said of the #ShineOnSwindon campaign: “Swindon’s Bus Company plays a major role in getting people in and out of the town centre safely. 

"Face coverings on public transport has been mandatory since 15 June, the same date non-essential retailers opened. 

"It’s by working in conjunction with organisations such as inSwindon BID that we can help boost the confidence in people returning to some normality, and that starts by supporting our local economy. 

"The #ShineOnSwindon campaign has done a fantastic job in raising the profile of businesses within the town centre, demonstrating that they are ready and open. 

"As a company we are proud to display these stars on our new 20 plate buses and be a part of a much wider campaign.”

Bill McCartney said: “Buses have remained a vital link for people across Swindon and Wiltshire throughout lockdown and we are proud of the part we have played in enabling key workers to travel to work using our network. 

"Since lockdown restrictions have begun to gradually ease, it's been great to see more and more people returning to our services for both work and leisure journeys. 

"Our customers want to be confident of their health and safety when they step onto one of our buses and I'd like to reassure them that every day we are taking steps to ensure that our buses are as clean as they have ever been. 

"We’re delighted to be a part of the #ShineOnSwindon campaign as it raises the awareness of how as a community we’re working together for the safety and wellbeing of people travelling to and from the town centre.”

Ian Larrard highlighted the need for business collaboration and thanked the firms for their support.

He added: “I’m delighted by the success of the #ShineOnSwindon campaign." 

Mr Larrard said of the bus companies: "They have done a fantastic job of keeping public transport moving during the pandemic, allowing key workers to carry out their vital roles in keeping us safe. 

"It has been a challenging time, but I believe through the support networks available, and by businesses working in collaboration, we will continue to increase consumer confidence.”

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