A TAXI firm has been given permission to launch a bus service with a difference – that Wiganers can flag down on the street.
And just to get customers enthused about this new form of public transport, bosses are offering free travel for the first few weeks.
Platt Bridge’s Street Cars has launched the service for users travelling from the town centre to Abram.
Manager Geoff Cunliffe described the buses as “mini-gems” for residents.
He said: “The buses will be free of charge for anybody using the service for the next few weeks.
“We started this service for residents of the community who don’t realise that they can get their travel for cheaper.
“Not only do we stop at required bus stops but people can also stop the bus from anywhere on the road - just like a taxi.
“My boss and I came up with the idea after paying more than £5 on travel for a single journey when we went into Wigan a few weeks ago. I was appalled at how expensive it was.
“We both knew we could provide the same service for less. And the firm already had a 15-seater bus which I thought would be perfect as it already had a built in ticket machine.
“It is just like any other normal service in the borough.”
With a recent price increase on local bus travel, Geoff insists that customers will not have to pay extra for this service.
He said: “I think a normal day saver on any other bus is £4 – ours will be just £2.60 and our price will not change unless absolutely necessary.”