Wi-fi launched on new Sheffield buses
Free Wi-fi for Stagecoach bus passengers has been introduced on four Euro5 ADL Enviro200s in Sheffield, part of a £1.5m investment since December last year in a fleet of 13 new buses for Sheffield and Chesterfield. The vehicles recently entered service on Stagecoach’s 123 service between Crystal Peaks and the city centre via Woodhouse and Manor Top. Since the operator first launched Wi-fi on its services in the city in September 2011, it has registered over 53,000 unique users who use it more than 130,000 times a month, spending an average of 21 minutes online. Wi-fi is also available on its 120, 52, X17 and 43 routes.
MD, Stagecoach Yorkshire, Paul Lynch, said, ‘New technology is having a massive impact on many areas of life and none more so than on people’s travel choices and expectations. With smartphones now the most common starting place for online activities, Wi-fi is something that our customers look for as part of the company’s service. Our Wi-fi facilities have already proved incredibly popular so we are delighted to extend these to our new buses on service 123 in Sheffield. People now expect access to Wi-fi on public transport and see it as an important part of their daily commute, helping them to communicate and keep informed. As a company, we work hard to keep up with what our passengers expect and demand. We hope that customers will continue to enjoy the benefits of this new technology.’