Stagecoach Yorkshire has unveiled a £1.9million fleet of 14 Euro6 Enviro200 MMC single decker buses which will operate on routes around Barnsley. Officially launched at a special event at Barnsley FC’s Oakwell Stadium attended by the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Brian Mathers, the buses will be in service on the Townlines 11 and 22X routes.
The new generation Enviro200 carries five more passengers than the original model and is 200kg lighter, making it more fuel efficient. It has an advanced electrical system and suspension for improved reliability and passenger comfort and is fitted with WiFi.
MD of Stagecoach Yorkshire, Paul Lynch, said, ‘The new buses are operating on two busy and important routes in South Yorkshire. The 11 is one of the first routes we improved when we took over from Yorkshire Traction and it now carries 20% more passengers than it did ten years ago. The 22X is a newer and bigger route. It’s an important spine service for Stagecoach serving lots of important places and employment hubs, such as Manvers, and more than a million passengers each year, so we are proud to be improving this route. We like to innovate and investment is key to our success. In ten years, we have introduced more than 300 new buses and the average age of our fleet is just seven years in Barnsley and six and a half in Rotherham, compared to the industry average of eight years.’
The Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Brian Mathers, added, ‘The new buses look smart, they are light and airy and can be accessed by those with limited mobility. The 22X is a popular route serving major employers and commuters and for a long time we’ve campaigned for better buses in the Dearne Valley so it’s fantastic to have these services which improve access to employment and leisure activities for passengers.’