The Manchester Movement Bee

Part of Bee in the City

In Summer 2018, we were proud sponsors of Bee in the City, an interactive art trail led by Wild in Art and Manchester City Council. Over 100 giant bee sculptures landed at locations across the and our very own ‘Manchester Movement Bee’ took pride of place in Manchester Victoria Station.

But just how did the Bee come to, well, be? Read on and you’ll find out all about its significance to us and the city of Manchester.

Inspired by Manchester

The Manchester Movement Bee was created by Shelley Jayne, a local artist from Liverpool. She was inspired by Manchester’s industrial past and promise of innovation and development towards a bigger, brighter future – two things that are central to what we stand for too. Manchester Movement Bee drawings


The name itself literally means to change places and the bee’s design showcases all of the ways to travel across the region, especially using the train to connect to all of the amazing places in the North.

Shelley Jayne working on the Manchester Movement Bee
Shelley Jayne working on the Bee at the Hive of Activity in Manchester

A hive to call a home

Manchester Victoria Station was the obvious hive for the Manchester Movement Bee to call home. The station is now our main hub in the city and our trains provide direct connections to and from other major cities including Liverpool, Newcastle and Leeds.


Bee in the City TransPennine Express train
Our very own Bee in the City train!

We even wrapped one of our train carriages in an extra special Bee in the City livery.

If you’re feeling inspired to try the trail for yourself, book a train to Manchester or find out more at beeinthecitymcr.co.uk