The Manchester Movement Bee

Part of Bee in the City

We’re proud sponsors of Bee in the City, an interactive art trail led by Wild in Art and Manchester City Council that landed in the city in July 2018. Over 100 giant bee sculptures are positioned across the city, waiting to be discovered, and our very own ‘Manchester Movement Bee’ has taken 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, the city of Manchester and how visiting the bee could mean money off your next train journey…

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

Initial designs of the Manchester Movement Bee
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've even wrapped one of our train carriages in an extra special Bee in the City livery. Let us know if you spot it buzzing around the network!

Visit the bee for a sweet discount

Bee in the City has released an app to help you navigate your way across the city and track the number of bees you’ve visited. Download the app and visit the Manchester Movement Bee and you’ll unlock an un-bee-lievable discount: an extra 20% off your next TPE Advance train ticket (that’s on top of savings of 50%!).

If you’re feeling inspired to try the trail for yourself, book a train to Manchester or find out more at beeinthecitymcr.co.uk. Don’t forget to snap a selfie of yourself if you visit our bee and tag @TPExpressTrains #BeeintheCity