Stagecoach invests £1.6m in Exeter
Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport, has unveiled a £1.6m fleet of 12 new Stagecoach buses during her recent visit to Exeter. The latest new fleet of vehicles brings Stagecoach’s investment in new buses in Devon in 2013-14 alone to around £10m. These latest additions carry the Ex-citi branding and went straight into service on a selection of city routes. Baroness Kramer met senior directors from Stagecoach as well as representatives from Devon County Council and Exeter City Council during her visit. They discussed how working together on areas such as quality partnership corridors and bus priority measures helps improve overall reliability and punctuality, boosts customer satisfaction and gets more people back on board the bus. Stagecoach carries over 27m passengers a year on its bus services in the south west. Customer satisfaction with Stagecoach bus services in the region is one of the highest in the country, with the latest Passenger Focus research showing 90% are satisfied with their overall service.
MD of Stagecoach South West, Michael Watson, said, ‘The strength of our city and rural networks is not just down to the services we deliver and the investment we are making. It is also down to the partners we work with. The fact that 90% of Stagecoach South West’s bus passengers are satisfied with their overall service is a great endorsement of the commitment of our people and our strong partnership with our local authorities. Buses are critical to communities and our economy in the south west and I look forward to us working together to continue to support Exeter’s economic growth in the years to come.’