Stagecoach turns 40

Stagecoach today (9 October) marks 40 years of serving its communities and connecting people across the UK.

Sir Brian Souter and his sister, Dame Ann Gloag, founded Stagecoach in 1980, and over the past four decades Stagecoach has rolled out its services in the UK and around the world including New Zealand, North America and Sweden.

To mark 40 years, the operator is appealing to heroes in the communities it serves with its bus, coach and tram services to be part of the anniversary celebrations. Stagecoach is asking its customers and its communities to nominate their ‘unsung heroes’. Stagecoach will be seeking nominations for this from across each of the areas it operates. The winner in each area will receive high street shopping vouchers and will be put forward to the final to become the Stagecoach National Community Hero.

Nigel Winter, Managing Director for Stagecoach in South Wales, said: “In the past four decades, we’ve helped billions of passengers get to work, go to school, college and university, get their shopping, spend their leisure time, and stay in touch with family and friends.

“Anniversaries are a great time to reflect and look back at what we’ve achieved. But they also provide an opportunity to remember all the people who are important to us. We’re proud of the incredible role that our people continue to play in making sure our communities stay connected with the people and places they care about the most. And we know of the incredible work that goes on in the communities we serve, and have seen some great examples of people pulling together to support each other during the difficult recent months of the pandemic.

“In marking 40 years, we want to pay tribute to our local community heroes and all of our employees for the valuable role they have played in making Stagecoach the company it is today.

“But it’s also important that we keep looking to the future. We are proud to be a trusted part of daily life in Britain and our services will continue to be central to the future of our economy, protecting our environment and keeping communities connected.”

  • A timeline of Stagecoach’s 40 year history can be seen here.
  • A special anniversary video featuring Sir Brian and Stagecoach Chief Executive, Martin Griffiths, is available here.

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