PARTNER | Arriva & Southport Join Forces
Oct 16, 2018 1643 Views

PARTNER | Arriva & Southport Join Forces

Arriva staff enjoyed a fun day out at the weekend to celebrate the launch of an exciting new partnership with the club.

Thirty-six bus drivers and other members of staff from Arriva’s Southport depot travelled to Haig Avenue with their family and friends for the Non-League Day clash with York City.

The day saw Arriva staff and their families enjoy hospitality treatment at the club, after travelling to the stadium on board the new One Port bus, which was draped in Southport yellow and black messaging and featured pictures of First Team player Dion Charles and Ladies counterpart Sophie Birnie.

Attendees were taken to meet the players and for a tour of the stadium before settling down to watch the game. Despite the 2-1 defeat for the Port, the result certainly didn’t dampen the Southport spirit with the One Port Arriva bus being the subject of much attention from supporters outside the stadium.

Michael Brown, Southport FC Media Manager, said: “The weather and the result may not have worked in our favour but what a fantastic way to get the ball rolling with our new Arriva partnership.

“Our supporters and the people of Southport in general are at the forefront of everything we do and we’re always looking at ways to adapt what we do to benefit them. The current 44 Arriva bus service, which runs from Eastbank Street in the town centre straight to the ground, is definitely one that we want to get more people using on a match-day.

“We’re particularly excited to continue working with Arriva and we’ve got a number of ideas for how we can move forward from Saturday’s launch.”

Loyal Southport supporters and members of the wider local community are being actively encouraged to start using public transport more frequently to travel to and from matches as part of this new partnership between the football club and Arriva.

Gerry O’Leary, Southport Depot General Manager, said: “Despite the result on Saturday it was a great day for everybody involved and we’re especially excited to see how the relationship between the club and Arriva can grow.

“All of our staff had a great day and we we were delighted with how well received the new bus was. This is just the start of some really exciting things to come and I think everyone who came on Saturday would agree.

“We hope that our partnership with Southport FC will create even stronger links between us, the football club, and the local Southport community.”

Next on the agenda is an on-going public ‘Spot the SFC bus’ campaign whereby supporters can send pictures or videos of the bus in public directly to Southport FC to potentially win a selection of prizes. Whilst Arriva will place ‘next home game’ posters in all of their fleet to let customers know of when they can catch the next bit of football action in the town.

Arriva and Southport FC are also liaising over the possibility of introducing a shuttle service to future matches and even working to fit bus timetables in the area around kick-off times.

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