GMPTE - Bus services
Buses provide the majority of public transport journeys in Greater Manchester.
An increasing number of buses have no entrance steps and 'kneel' at the kerb to lower the floor of the bus. These buses provide near level entry and have other features that make travel easier, for example, brightly coloured handrails and better lighting which visually impaired people find useful. Some have ramps and a space on board for wheelchair users.
Most buses have designated seats near the front for priority use by passengers who may have difficulty reaching other seats on the bus, for example, elderly or disabled people or those with small children.
Smoking is no longer allowed on buses.
Stagecoach - Accessibility
We recognise that every customer we serve has their own specific individual needs and accessibility is a key factor in providing attractive public transport services. As far as possible within the resources we have available, we are continuing to make it easier for people to use our bus and rail services. This includes tailoring our network and frequency of services to meet demand.
We have made further progress during the year on our long-term programme to ensure all our buses in the UK are fully low-floor. We have announced a further investment in new accessible vehicles in the UK for the year ending 30 April 2007. We are also helping provide demand responsive transport services in the UK, which are meeting the needs of those mobility problems who require a service from their front door.