Transdev has started to take delivery of its latest £4m Optare order. 28 Versas and Solos are entering service across Yorkshire and Lancashire. They feature free Wi-Fi, next stop announcements, USB power points at every seat, new comfortable seats with leather headrests and ‘countdown’ destination displays, letting people know exactly when the bus will depart.
CEO at Transdev, Alex Hornby, said, ‘It is vital that our products reflect customers’ expectations and needs. Their views have been crucial in developing these new buses and our new brands, with the first four buses introducing The Keighley Bus Company, and more relevant, local identities will be unveiled shortly. But this isn’t just a name change, it’s all part of us positioning our product to fit the needs of the modern traveller and to attract more people to the bus. This £4 million investment in Yorkshire manufacturing and new, better buses across the north is all part of our aim to become, quite simply, the amazing bus company for our teams and our customers.’
Commercial Director, Optare, Robert Drewery, said, ‘We are delighted to continue our long standing relationship with Transdev and support them in their mission to become “the amazing bus company” by providing more high specification Optare buses that will operate close to where they are designed and manufactured in Sherburn in Elmet.’
Later this year, further investment is planned by Transdev with the supplier of ten double deck buses for the Yorkshire Coastliner operation to be announced shortly.