Monday, October 04, 2010

Stagecoach double-decker bus rally .

Looking at the BBC News website I notice that the Stagecoach double-decker bus rally at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport has now finished. United States captain Corey Pavin paid tribute to his players after their slender 14½-13½ defeat in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. The Ryder Cup Wales 2010 decided to hold this bus rally at The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, on September 28-October 3. For safety and security reasons there was no access to The Celtic Manor Resort for private vehicles, taxis or pedestrians during the period of the rally.

There were two Park and Ride sites in place for The Celtic Manor Resort. One was situated at Tredegar House (West Park and Ride) reached by exiting at Junction 30 of the M4 and the other at Llanwern (East Park and Ride) reached by exiting at Junction 23A of the M4. Spectators planning to attend the rally had to purchase a valid car park pass for their vehicle in advance of each day of attendance to gain access to the Park and Ride sites. Journey time from each Park and Ride site was estimated to be 20 minutes.

All spectators travelling by car or coach had to use the dedicated Park and Ride sites. Spectators were encouraged to car share with the price of a "Transportation Pass" being charged per vehicle not per person at £20 per day which includes the shuttle service between the Park and Ride locations and The Celtic Manor Resort.

Buses ran from Tuesday - Sunday of the event week from 6am until 9.30pm. Stagecoach held this rally at the beautiful Celtic Manor Resort where some sad people visit to watch men try to hit a ball with a stick. Preparations for this bus rally started really early as you can see by this Press Release issued by Stagecoach on the 14th January 2010. It is estimated that approximately 25,000 to 30,000 people were carried each day on the Stagecoach services. Stagecoach in South Wales provided a fleet of 150 double decker buses to and from the East and West Ryder Cup Park and Ride sites, located just off the M4 motorway at Llanwern and Tredegar Park respectively, during the week of the event. In addition bus services transported marshals and stewards from the Usk Showground site.
John Gould, Managing Director of Stagecoach in South Wales said: “We will be calling on the significant resources of the 19 regional companies within our UK Bus division"

I was not able to visit the Stagecoach double-decker bus rally as I was working. I did notice driving along the M4 motorway that there were a lot of Stagecoach double-decker buses from all around the country. As John Gould said in the Press Release “We will be calling on the significant resources of the 19 regional companies within our UK Bus division" - and true to his word I spotted lots of deckers from faraway. All the regional trading names were proudly displayed. I even spotted one double-decker that had been driven down all the way from Lincolnshire!

I think the Stagecoach double-decker bus rally must have gone really well, although it did rain rather heavily at times. The rain got so bad at one stage that the men trying to hit a ball with a stick gave their silly game up for the day! Still, I am sure it was a great family day-out and a good time was had by all at this bus rally. Sadly I can't find any photographs of this bus rally yet on the internet. What I did find on my search were photographs of a bus rally in 2006 that was also popular with men trying to hit a ball with a stick!
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