When it comes to transportation, few things are as important as an efficient and reliable bus network. In Greater Manchester, residents have long relied on buses as a vital mode of transportation. However, over the years, the quality of service has fluctuated, causing frustration among passengers. In response, Greater Manchester launched the Better Buses Campaign, a bold initiative aimed at improving the region's bus services. One of the most eye-catching aspects of this campaign is the giant card from Photo Cutouts, which has become a symbol of the movement. In this blog post, we'll dive into the Greater Manchester Better Buses Campaign and explore the significance of the giant card. The State of Buses in Greater Manchester Before delving into the Better Buses Campaign, it's essential to understand the challenges Greater Manchester residents have faced in the past concerning bus services. Many passengers have experienced issues with reliability, punctuality, affordability, and service coverage. The region's bus services were, at times, seen as unreliable, infrequent, and insufficiently connected, leading to dissatisfaction among commuters and local residents. The Better Buses Campaign In response to these challenges, Greater Manchester's local authorities, working together with Transport for Greater Manchester, embarked on the Better Buses Campaign. Launched in 2019, this campaign sought to put passengers at the heart of the region's bus services, aiming to make them more efficient, affordable, and reliable. The campaign has three primary objectives: Integrated Ticketing: The campaign aims to create a more unified public transportation system, enabling passengers to use a single ticket for various modes of transportation, including buses and trams. Improved Services: Greater Manchester's authorities are actively working to enhance the frequency, reliability, and coverage of bus services, making them a more attractive and efficient choice for commuters. Franchise System: The franchise system, planned for implementation, will allow local authorities to have greater control over routes, fares, and schedules, enabling them to better respond to the needs of their communities. The Giant Card from Photo Cutouts As the Better Buses Campaign gained momentum, it needed a symbol to represent its ideals. This is where the giant card from Photo Cutouts entered the picture. The giant card is a visual representation of the campaign's goals and has captured the hearts and attention of Greater Manchester's residents. It has been prominently displayed at various events and demonstrations, both online and in the physical world, advocating for better bus services. The card's message is clear: it symbolizes the call for improved bus services and conveys the public's demand for more affordable, frequent, and reliable buses in Greater Manchester. It has become an iconic and unifying image for those who support the campaign, serving as a reminder of the positive changes that the Better Buses Campaign aims to bring. The Impact of the Better Buses Campaign While the Better Buses Campaign is still a work in progress, it has already made significant strides in improving bus services in Greater Manchester. Passengers are beginning to witness positive changes in service quality, punctuality, and affordability. The integrated ticketing system brings convenience to daily commutes, and the giant card from Photo Cutouts continues to symbolise the collective desire for better bus services.
Education isn't just confined to textbooks; sometimes, the most valuable lessons are learned through hands-on experiences that challenge us to think critically, collaborate effectively, and master essential life skills. One of our latest clients, Junior Citizens wanted to add a little more fun to their education process. Adding a giant jigsaw to their learning days also helps to create a more team-orientated exercise that encourages team-building skills. Creating an opportunity that transcends traditional classroom learning, with six crucial subjects, cleverly interwoven into an engaging and thought-provoking Giant Puzzle. Young Learning From Fire Safety that ignites the importance of quick thinking, to First Aid training that equips our young minds with life-saving techniques, and even Dog Safety, Bus and Tube Safety, and Exploitation awareness that foster street-smart decision-making, this puzzle wasn’t just about solving pieces; it's about piecing together knowledge that could safeguard young peoples' futures. Design The jigsaw was designed with all 6 subjects in mind, with a montage designed for Junior Citizens. Students were split into teams with the goal of completing the puzzle as quickly as possible. John, Road safety officer says ‘Groups discussed how to work most efficiently as a team, devised a plan then attempted to complete the puzzle in the quickest time. Times ranged from 3 to 10 minutes.’ The image provided by John Butcher, Road Safety Officer, was carefully printed by our team and hand cut. The image selected was to represent the Junior Citizens Trust, Staff mentioned the quality was excellent, and the team building exercise a great success! Materials Our bespoke jigsaws are made from PVC board, making them waterproof, ready for use indoors or outdoors. The vinyl surface makes the puzzle easy to wipe clean, permitting any spillages or marks. The picture on the jigsaw can be anything, from logos, to montages, scenes or photographs. We can also personalise your jigsaws with hashtags or personal messages. Standard sizes go up to 150cm X 200cm, although if you require larger, just get in touch with our team. We can also print in a range of shapes, the options with our giant jigsaws are unlimited!