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16 Jan 2019

●    31 new state-of-the-art British-built single and double-decker buses for the city

●    New fleet will help deliver better air quality, boost capacity and help tackle congestion

●    Stagecoach has invested £9.7m in new vehicles in Hull since 2017

●    Investment welcomed by Hull City Council as Stagecoach spending in city hits £11m since 2017


New buses in HullStagecoach East Midlands has announced a major investment in new state-of-the-art British built single and double-decker buses for Hull.

The £5.7m fleet of 31 high-spec vehicles, including 21 single and 10 double-decker buses, will hit the roads early this summer.

The vehicles are all fitted with environmentally-friendly Euro 6 engines with low carbon emissions, the latest start/stop technology and the most up to date CCTV equipment.

They also feature the latest tracking technology, allowing customers to access the Stagecoach mobile app to track their bus live wherever they are.

Customers will ride in comfort with luxurious high-backed e-leather seats and recharge their mobile phones, tapping into power on demand with multiple onboard USB charging points.

The delivery of the new buses will increase capacity on routes servicing Hull, helping to tackle traffic congestion and allow more people to switch to public transport.

The announcement comes fresh off the back of a £1.25m investment in contactless ticket machines, which have been available on all services since May 2018.

Matt Cranwell, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “Buses are critical to our region's economy and communities. They take people to work, bring customers to our high streets, help young people access education and build new skills, and draw families, friends and communities together.

"We are delighted to make this latest significant investment in Hull's bus network. As well as providing better travel for local people, these new vehicles will improve local air quality and help reduce congestion by providing a high quality alternative to the car."

The announcement was made at a meeting of the Scrutiny Committee at Hull City Council today (January 16).

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for transport, said: “It’s great news for people living and working in and around Hull. This is a significant investment from Stagecoach East Midlands and supports the Council’s vision to make the city accessible to all. These are some of the most environmentally-friendly vehicles available, which will also help reduce levels of emissions on our roads.”