Stagecoach Manchester has invested £4.6m in 22 new ADL Enviro400 MMCs for services 112, 114 and 118, to replace the existing single decker fleet in Middleton. The new buses are intended to provide increased levels of safety and comfort for passengers. They are fitted with USB charging points, on board Wi-Fi and the latest Euro6 emission standard engines, to lessen the impact public transport has on the local environment. As part of the vehicles’ launch, the operator joined two local primary schools in planting 22 new trees representing the 22 new buses. Parkfield Primary School and Middleton Parish C of E Primary School took part in the planting.
MD at Stagecoach Manchester, Elisabeth Tasker, said, ‘We’ve invested heavily in providing the people of Middleton with the very latest double decker buses to make sure their travel is as relaxing, practical and affordable as possible. It is a priority of ours as a key local business to play a big part in helping to improve our local environment and by working with local schools to renovate their outdoor spaces, we are able to teach the younger generation about the importance of green initiatives.’