First Streetdeck for Bristol
First West of England and representatives from the University of the West of England (UWE) have launched the first of a series of new micro-hybrid Wrightbus StreetDecks for Bristol. These vehicles are part of First’s £15m investment in 62 new buses across the West of England. The operator’s new fleet for the city is to feature new route branding, with each route in the future having a different colour. For example, the front of the buses for the 70 and 71 are painted pink. Buses in Bristol have had nearly 25% more people use them since 2013, with the new double deckers introduced to cope with this growth, replacing single deckers.
MD of First West of England, James Freeman, said, ‘We are really proud to present our brand new buses in Bristol. They not only look smart but they represent a huge increase in capacity across the city whilst also being almost 14 times greener than the buses they replace. Passengers can enjoy pleasant, more comfortable journeys and keep connected on the move with our free Wi-Fi, while we support the efforts of our local authority partners to improve air quality for all.’