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21 Jun 2018
Stagecoach East Midlands celebrated the launch of the eleven new double decker buses with a fun day of pizza, music and competitions at Nottingham Old Market Square on 19th June.
Members of the public were invited to find out more about the service, meet one of the new buses which was parked up in the Square, and celebrate with music and free pizza. A specially designed ‘Pronto pizza’ was amongst those available. Twitter competition winner Gary Swinscoe won the prize to have their pizza named as the Pronto Pizza in a Twitter competition, with a chicken, bacon, sweetcorn and meatballs design.
The event saw Sheriff Catherine Arnold and Robin Riley, Principal Development Officer at Nottinghamshire County Council, meet one of the new buses and show their support for the investment into the popular service.
Sheriff of Nottingham, Catherine Arnold, said: ‘I was delighted to launch the new Pronto flagship bus, and to see Stagecoach at the forefront of new technology. On top of this, I am particularly impressed by Stagecoach’s recent new contactless system. No more trying to find the right change at the end of the night!’
Doubling the capacity on the popular Nottinghamshire Pronto service, the new Euro 6 standard emissions buses are replacing the current single-deckers on 20th June, and are fitted with USB ports and Wi-Fi.
Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director at Stagecoach East Midlands, said: ‘Everybody had a brilliant time at the event, everybody loved the singers and the pizza! Now we can’t wait for the new buses to be out on the roads. We pride ourselves on our commitment to our passengers, as well as ongoing efforts to increase the energy efficiency of our vehicles. By doubling capacity on the Pronto service, we hope to encourage more people to take the bus; another step in reducing pollution and congestion in Nottinghamshire.’
Improving the customer experience remains a priority for Stagecoach East Midlands. The company launched their new contactless system across Nottinghamshire in May this year, and recently received some of the highest customer satisfaction results for their services across Nottingham, Gainsborough, Worksop, Mansfield and Newark in the annual Transport Focus Passenger Satisfaction survey. With a 94% overall satisfaction rating, a 4% increase from last year, the company received one of the highest scores across all bus services in the UK.