Representing an investment of over £5m, Stagecoach North East has welcomed a fleet of 24 new ADL Enviro400 MMCs. At the official launch, newly appointed Stagecoach North East MD, Steve Walker, in his formal first engagement for the company unveiled one of the new buses at the Green Transport Event at Newcastle’s Quorum Business Park. The buses which are running on the 62 and 63 bus routes in the city feature improved seating for customer comfort, free Wi-Fi and USB charging points. The bus exteriors feature Stagecoach’s new #BusPeople campaign, which takes a light hearted look at the many different characters that come together on the bus.
Steve, formerly MD of Stagecoach North Scotland, said, ‘With all 24 buses now out on the road, this is great news for our customers and a fantastic addition to the local Stagecoach bus fleet. With increased congestion and traffic on our roads, as well as offering a cleaner and greener way to travel, buses now provide an increasingly vital and efficient service for our passengers, whether going to work or enjoying the many sights the region has to offer. Buses are critical to the local economy and so we have invested to improve the experience for customers and make it as easy as possible to travel within Newcastle, connecting people to work, education and leisure activities.’
…and £2.1m in Dundee
Stagecoach is investing in seven Volvo B5LH electric hybrid double deckers with ADL MMC bodywork for the Dundee area. Built to a high specification, they have high back Lazzerini Evoke E-Leather seats, free Wi-Fi access and USB charging points. The new buses will be introduced to routes 20 and 21, which run between Brechin, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Dundee. The order forms a £2.1m investment by Stagecoach, of which £300,000 will be supported by the ‘Scottish Green Bus Fund’ provided by the Scottish Government. The fund previously supported the introduction of 18 electric hybrids in 2015 for the Tayway 73 route between Dundee and Arbroath.
MD, Stagecoach East Scotland, Andrew Jarvis, said, ‘We’re committed to improving public transport in Angus and Dundee and I am therefore delighted to announce our further investment in the fleet for this area. Our fleet in Dundee was the first public transport operator in Scotland and one of the first in the UK to be awarded 5 stars as part of the EcoStars fleet evaluation project.’