Following a £1 million investment, Arriva North West has launched nine new eco-friendly minibuses in Macclesfield and Winsford, as part of a wider initiative to help the local community.
Following an official event at Macclesfield Town Hall on Saturday 8th July, Arriva North West has now launched their nine brand new Mellor Strata bodied Mercedes-Benz minibuses for local bus services around Macclesfield and Winsford.
As we previously reported, Arriva ordered the new vehicles from Rochdale based coachbuilding firm Mellor Coachcraft in April of this year, making these vehicles the first of their type to be ordered for the North West division. However, this order is not a “first” for Arriva UK Bus, who also operate nine similar vehicles on services in the Southern Counties division.
As well as sporting Arriva’s new standard livery, the new minibuses come with a lot of standard features which can be found on much larger vehicles in Arriva’s fleet. Passengers will be able to enjoy the use of complimentary WiFi and USB charging points from the comfort of an e-leather seat, whilst the driver’s cab has been designed to incorporate a protective screen.
Four of the new vehicles will be based at Winsford, with the remaining five operating from the Macclesfield outstation. At Winsford, they will be deployed on Northwich services 2 and 4, with the Macclesfield-based vehicles operating on services 2, 3, 4, 6, 9 and 21.
General Manager Mark Wynne commented: “We’re determined to ensure that all our buses contribute to Arriva’s green agenda by operating eco-friendly services that minimise carbon emissions. This is a significant investment in Cheshire and we’re delighted that we can provide an even better service to satisfy the needs of the Macclesfield and Winsford community.”
As part of the launch of the new vehicles, Arriva has also donated £500 worth of items, such as food and sleeping bags, to the Treehouse Food Kitchen in Macclesfield, a cause which helps homeless and disadvantaged people in the Cheshire East area.
For our enthusiast readers, the registrations of the new vehicles are as follows: LM17 WLR (4700), LM17 WLP (4701), LM17 WLV (4702), LM17 WLU (4703), LM17 WOA (4704), LM17 WOC (4705), LM17 WOH (4706), LM17 WOB (4707) and LM17 WOD (4708).