Arriva has invested £8m in 37 new ADL Enviro400 MMCs for its Castleford network. The new vehicles are due to enter service on 26 June. The day before, the operator has scheduled an official launch event for them, showcasing their new livery. The day will include a free hog roast, BBQ, a bouncy castle, numerous fun fair stalls and live music. This takes place at its Castleford depot on 25 June between 11am and 3.30pm. All contributions at the event will go towards cancer research. Those present will be able to ride on Arriva Yorkshire’s new Sapphire 163/166 bus on an ‘exclusive VIP tour’ around Castleford. The buses on the current Castleford 163/166 and 189 routes, as well as the Heckmondwike 254/255 service will all be replaced with these new additions to the Arriva Yorkshire fleet. They feature free wifi, USB sockets and E-Leather seating. The 163/166 will also have audio-visual next stop announcement systems installed.
With the new buses going live onto these three routes it also enables the local bus company to upgrade the buses on the Wakefield 444/446 and 425/427 routes. These will go into service towards the end of July/early August. All new buses will carry Arriva’s new livery, which is set to be gradually rolled out across the region on all new and refurbished buses.
Area MD for Arriva Yorkshire, Jon Croxford, said: “This is an incredibly proud moment for Arriva as we put another multi-million pound investment into the network and increase the journey experience for our customers.”
“We hope as many people as possible come to have a look around and see the new buses. Dewsbury Bus Museum have also kindly offered to bring along their 1967 Castleford Leyland Panther bus to showcase alongside our new vehicles. As well as being able to get on the buses and have a look around we’ll also be offering a free BBQ, giant hog roast, fun fair stalls, live music and face painting. It promises to be a great day and a magnificent celebration of our investment into West Yorkshire.”