Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire has invested £6.8 million in over 30 brand new, environmentally friendly, Euro 6 double decker buses for services into Liverpool and are equipped with passenger friendly creature comforts.
These new buses bring Stagecoach’s total investment in its fleet to £17 million over the last 18 months. The investment enables the company to operate a more sustainable, cost-efficient fleet that provides passengers with a comfortable, eco-friendly mode of transport, not to mention adding extra capacity for passengers travelling to and from the north east of the city.
Stagecoach are introducing these new buses on service 20 from Liverpool to Kirkby and Tower Hill and service 21 from Liverpool to Kirkby and Northwood. Both of which, operate a 10-minute frequency Monday to Friday daytime, up to every 15 minutes on Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sunday.
The new Enviro400 MMC buses are built in Britain by Alexander Dennis or ADL for short, they feature Euro 6 emission standard engines, to lessen the impact public transport has on the local environment, free USB charging points to charge your phone or tablet on the go, comfy leather seats and free WiFi to catch up on the latest gossip from your friends or read emails.
The buses are fully equipped with audio CCTV as a standard provision for passenger safety. Should a situation arise onboard, Stagecoach will be able to provide evidential footage that can be used in court cases.
The new buses are comparable to the latest hybrid technology equipped buses operating around the Liverpool City Region. They operate advanced Start/Stop technology – which helps to save fuel and drastically cut emissions by automatically turning off the engine at bus stops and automatically starting again when the driver presses the accelerator pedal.
Rob Jones, Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire’s managing director, said: “We’re very pleased to be upgrading and investing in our fleet to ensure we’re able to continue to offer passengers the very best, fully-equipped, sustainable buses.
“These spacious double-decker buses prioritise passenger comfort with large leather seats and also include USB electronic charging points so our passengers can stay charged up, despite being on the move.
“Ensuring we’re regularly updating and improving our fleet means we’re able to operate a more sustainable, efficient and cost-effective service. This has wider positive implications for our team, our passengers and the environment and we’re very pleased to have this great new fleet operational and on the roads.”
This latest investment replaces some of the 46 Alexander Dennis Enviro300 buses that were introduced back in 2009 that operate on the 14, 20 and 21 services.