22 Nov 2016
The state-of-the-art vehicles are now running on the popular Simplibus network joining main residential areas of Hull with Paragon Interchange through the heart of the city centre, which is currently being transformed by major public realm works.
Fitted with environmentally friendly Euro 6 engines, the buses have luxury high backed e-leather seats and USB charging points to make sure customers ride in comfort and have power to all of their electronic devices for access to emails, travel information and social media while they are on the move.
Cutting through the traffic congestion using Hull’s comprehensive network of bus lanes, Stagecoach is promoting local bus services as the smart way to travel into the city through a campaign of messages emblazoned across the back of each new bus, such as ‘I’m not driving, no parking fees for me’ and ‘I’m not driving, I’m texting friends’.
Cllr. Martin Mancey of Hull City Council said: “I am delighted to see that Stagecoach are investing in the most up to date buses which will not only offer greater comfort but also provide state of the art facilities for their passengers.
“The high quality of these new buses will be immediately obvious, and my hope and expectation is that they will not only be greatly appreciated by existing users but also prove attractive to potential new users, encouraging more people to leave their car at home and travel by bus. I'm sure they will create a very good impression for the thousands of visitors that will arrive in the city for our City of Culture events next year."
Chris Clay, Hull 2017 Technical and Operations Director, said: “It’s great to know that investment is being made into local transport infrastructure ahead of the UK City of Culture year. It's going to benefit both the people of Hull and the many visitors who will come to the city during 2017.”
Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director for Stagecoach in Hull said: “We are tremendously proud that Hull has achieved City of Culture status and this huge investment in brand new buses shows our commitment to local people ahead of this important year.
“Coupled with smart ticketing, online payments, and a new smartphone app - along with the imminent introduction of Dayrider tickets available on mobile phones - these new buses demonstrate that Hull is amongst the leading UK cities in delivering effective, modern public transport.”
The Hull Quality Bus Partnership has been shortlisted for the ‘Transport Team of the Year’ award at the North of England Transport Awards. The local Stagecoach team has been shortlisted for ‘Top Shire Operator’ at the 2016 UK Bus Awards.
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Photo caption: From front left; Councillor Martin Mancey, Michelle Hargreaves, Dave Skepper, Paul Clark (back).