Transdev launched its new look bus service on Sunday, introducing a plush purple connection linking Burnley, Padiham, Clayton-le-Moors, Blackburn, Feniscowles and Preston.
A fleet of refurbished double-deck buses in a new eye-catching two-tone purple livery hit the road following launch events to give passengers an exclusive preview of the service, outside Blackburn Bus Station and on the Flag Market in Preston.
The new Hotline brand replaces the route number 152 (in a similar style to Red Express) and is blazing a trail in style, with creature comforts onboard including comfortable leather seats and superfast free 4G WiFi.
A bargain weekly ticket is also available to passengers, giving unlimited travel on the 152 and all other Transdev buses in Lancashire plus Skipton and Keighley for just £20.20, Hotline certainly looks like it will become a sure-fire winner with commuters and shoppers alike.
The Blackburn Bus Company’s General Manager, Shaun Walmsley said: “We’ve had a fantastic reaction to the new Hotline – it’s all about raising the quality of bus services to provide a real alternative to the car at a great value price.
“Hotline offers comfort, convenience, and a connection which keeps you in touch via free 4G superfast Wi-Fi as you travel through the towns and villages of East Lancashire into the heart of Preston.
“It’s also great for connecting with our Red Express in Blackburn or the Witchway in Burnley, for a quick and comfortable journey to the centre of Manchester. And for that hot date in the city, there are late night buses back from Preston all the way up until 11pm.”
A day’s travel on Hotline, plus any other Transdev bus throughout Lancashire and Yorkshire as far east as York, is just £9 with Transdev’s great-value Daytripper ticket, available from the driver and instantly via Transdev’s Lancashire Bus mobile ticket app.
Timetables for the new Hotline 152 are available from Burnley, Blackburn and Preston bus stations.