Arriva’s £1.1m for Medway…
Arriva has invested £1.1m in six new double deckers for its 101 service between Gillingham, Chatham, Davis Estate and Maidstone. These buses are to a high specification and will run under the ‘Sapphire’ brand with upgraded interiors that feature E-leather seating, power and USB points, free on-board wi-fi and audio-visual displays. They will be launched on the route during the weekend beginning 6 September 2014. In addition, Arriva is making changes to a number of its timetables in the Medway area with effect from 31 August as a result of renewed Medway Council contracts for less well used services that are financially supported.
…and £1.7m for the Shires
Arriva the Shires has invested £1.7m in a fleet of ten WrightBus StreetLite Micro hybrids for its 321 service linking Luton, Harpenden, St Albans and Watford. Taking to the road on 31 August, they feature E-leather seating and brighter interior lighting creating a pleasant environment in which to travel, onboard wi-fi, power and USB sockets at each seat and audio-visual displays. The route is operated every 20 minutes for the main part of the day on Mondays to Saturdays and hourly during the evenings and on Sundays. At Luton Station it connects with Arriva’s frequent ‘Flyer’ service to London Luton Airport.
As well as the new buses for the 321, the evening service that has previously been provided for Hertfordshire County Council by Red Rose Travel will be run between Luton and Watford by Arriva with no financial subsidy, while the section between Watford and Maple Cross will continue to be run by Red Rose under contract.