It’s volunteer honorary chaplain Danny Paine-Winnett’s first day at The Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. He’s been in the building for fewer than two hours and is leading a minute’s silence to remember NHS workers who have lost their lives to Covid – in the pouring rain. “God certainly tests us sometimes,” he says with a smile, looking at the weather.
Stagecoach carries over 60,000 passengers a week in Winchester, and recently invested £2.5 million in the city-centre fleet, introducing new buses on routes 1, 3, 5 and Spring.
But it’s not only for its improved services that Stagecoach is making life better for locals. Catching the bus is around 60 per cent cheaper than commuting by car, according to its latest survey, which shows bus users save an average of over £1,200 a year by leaving the car at home.