Go North West today unveiled a refurbished double-deck hybrid bus at an official launch event at the Museum of Transport Greater Manchester, where the company detailed plans to spend £3 million in its first 12 months, primarily on vehicle and depot improvements.
The vehicle displayed is the first of 14 Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B5LH Hybrid buses to be refurbished, and has been retrofitted with an Eminox exhaust system, bringing the bus to Euro VI engine standard, the cleanest available. You may remember it from our last GNW blog post in June.
The company also announced it has started work on replacing all its 15-year-old single-deck buses with 24 newer ones – equating to half of the single deck element of the fleet – between five to seven-years of age.
Also at the event was a refreshed Wrightbus Streetlite which had been painted into the attractive new livery. The new livery was designed by MediaCityUK based Buzz Marketing.
Go North West has invested in resources aimed at improving service reliability and creating local management and customer service teams to operate from Queens Road, bringing focused leadership and local knowledge to the business.
The launch, hosted at Queens Road Depot and attended by David Brown, Chief Executive of the Go-Ahead Group, provided an opportunity for Manchester’s newest bus company to bring together a range of interested parties and engage on its investment priorities.
Guests were also treated to two videos from the company, one showing the overnight turnaround of applying all the new logos to the entire fleet, with the other showing the refurbishment of the above Volvo Hybrid double decker.
In addition to ambitious fleet proposals, GNW set out its longer-term vision, highlighting progress to date. David Cutts, GNW’s Interim Managing Director said: “Queens Road has served the city for over a century and we are very pleased to have seamlessly transitioned to GNW. Today is another important milestone and the communities we serve, whether they use the bus or not, will benefit from our ongoing investment in cleaner vehicles. In addition to introducing greener buses, we recently purchased a new bus wash and repaired the iconic depot clock, helping us keep to time! Colleagues and users can expect further announcements over the coming months.”
David Brown Go-Ahead Group Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to have begun serving customers in Greater Manchester, and are committed to growing bus use, helping tackle road congestion and improve air quality. We are pleased with the welcome received by our colleagues and customers, and the new team at GNW are working hard to improve services. We have an ambitious investment plan, and are excited to work in partnership with local stakeholders to serve the community”.
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