Unbeelievable visit our bee for 20 per cent off rail tickets

Wednesday 25th July 2018

We are delighted to be supporting local talent through Wild in Art and Manchester City Council’s Bee in the City event and has shared images of its very own rail inspired ‘Manchester Movement’ bee.

The TransPennine Express bee, which is now on show at Manchester Victoria station, is one of more than 100 that will be displayed across the city centre from 23 July to 23 September 2018 as part of a free sculpture trail celebrating creative talent from across the North.

Each bee will unlock a special reward via the Bee in the City app and anyone that visits our bee will benefit from 20 per cent off Advance Purchase tickets.

The unique sculpture has been lovingly created by Liverpool based artist Shelley Jayne Crawford with the inspiration behind the design being Manchester’s industrial transport heritage and future. The artwork tracks the journey between Stephenson’s Rocket, the first passenger steam locomotive to the modern day and the Nova trains planned to be introduced by TransPennine Express later this year.

To help raise awareness for the event, TPE will also be launching a special bee train which will soon be carrying customers across the North, encouraging people to come to Manchester and take part in this event.

Shelley from Shelley Jayne Illustration said: I was absolutely delighted to learn that my design for Bee in the City had been chosen by TransPennine Express.


They have been a huge support throughout this project and I’m incredibly grateful for this amazing opportunity. I commute via train regularly and I wanted to capture travel into my design as well as incorporating Manchester’s important heritage. I’m looking forward to seeing our Manchester Movement bee on the trail and witnessing how the public respond. 

 Lisa Hewitt, Partnerships Marketing Manager for TransPennine Express said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Bee in the City which is a true celebration of talent and creativity from across our regions.

“It’s been a pleasure working with Liverpool based artist Shelley Jayne Crawford on our very own ‘Manchester Movement’ bee and we hope that visitors love it as much as we do.”

Those that are planning on visiting the bees are encouraged to go from train to trail and sit back, relax and take the train into Manchester city centre.

A bee-hind the scenes video about the creation of the ‘Manchester Movement’ bee can be found here

For more information about Bee in the City and to book tickets for travel click here. 

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