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03 Nov 2015
Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire has rolled out its ‘next-generation’ brand of luxury brand buses, Stagecoach gold, across Liverpool, Wirral and Chester following a £3m investment in its Merseyside fleet.
The company has added 18 brand new, luxury vehicles to its fleet. The new batch of buses are the first Stagecoach gold vehicles in the region.
The luxury buses feature spacious legroom, hand stitched Italian-designed leather seats and CCTV as standard. The buses will also offer free Wi-Fi and USB charging ports meaning passengers will be able to stay connected while on the move. The highly-sustainable fleet will run off bio diesel and their Euro 5 standard engines have been designed to help cut exhaust gas emissions.
Managing director for Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, Elisabeth Tasker, said: “This is an exciting time for the business - we’re delighted to be introducing the first Stagecoach gold buses to the region. Our new fleet of gold standard buses are top of the range and will deliver a new level of quality for passengers.
“We continue to significantly invest in our fleet to improve our service and passenger experience, without passing on any additional cost to our customers. These ‘next generation’ buses will enhance connectivity, comfort and sustainability for passengers– signifying our solid commitment to delivering an unbeatable, eco-friendly travel experience.”
Stagecoach gold buses will operate on the 1 and 2 service which run between Liverpool and Chester. The route takes in popular tourist attractions including Chester Zoo, Blue Planet Aquarium and Cheshire Oaks. Weekly tickets on gold routes will cost £13.50 for adults and just £6.80 for young people, the same as on normal Stagecoach buses.
The number 1 runs seven days a week, with up to three buses every hour during the daytime and buses up to every 30 minutes in the evening. Combined with service 2, there is a Stagecoach bus up to every 10 minutes between Liverpool and Chester.