171 new buses for National Express West Midlands
National Express West Midlands has invested a record £34m in 171 British built buses.
The vehicles, all from ADL, will be a mixture of single deck, midis and double deck with 58 of them being used on their Platinum service. A new livery of two tone maroon with complementary cream lines has been introduced, whilst the Platinum vehicles will be two-tone grey with flashes of brilliant red. The premium Platinum routes will have suited drivers, new bus shelters with real time information and innovative bus priority to ensure customers’ journeys are quicker than the car.
Public transport co-ordinator Centro has welcomed the investment after National Express pledged 300 new buses over a two year period, as part of their Transforming Bus Travel partnership with Centro.
MD of National Express West Midlands, Peter Coates, commented, ‘These new vehicles will ensure that hundreds of thousands of our customers have smoother, cleaner and more enjoyable journeys. The buses, which are built in the UK, will have more comfortable seats, better lighting and crystal clear CCTV.’
Chairman of Centro, Cllr John McNicholas, added, ‘The vast majority of journeys made by public transport in the West Midlands are by bus which is why this record investment in new vehicles is to be welcomed. These new buses use the latest low pollution engines and are also British built, which means they can not only provide a credible alternative to the car, but are good for the environment and good for the economy.’