13 Aug 2015
Stagecoach North East has today unveiled the first of 19 brand new buses to join its fleet in South Shields, connecting thousands of passengers to key places across the town.
The local bus operator launched the newly branded single decker ADL E200 buses as part of over £2.2 million investment, which will see 19 buses with state-of-the-art fuel efficient engines, improved seating for customer comfort and free wifi, out on the roads over the next few weeks.
The company has introduced the newly branded buses for its customers on services 3, 4, 7 and 8, which link the town centre locations and Harton Nook. Featuring a ‘connecting the DOTS’ theme, the buses are designed to highlight the connections available along the routes, and the flexibility on offer for passengers when travelling across South Shields.
The new bus fleet will enable residents to visit a wide variety of places such as schools supermarkets and shops, and ‘join the dots’ every 10 minutes. All buses will feature wifi, allowing customers the opportunity to keep up their own connections during travel.
Phil Medlicott, managing director of Stagecoach North East, said: “We are delighted to launch the first of these new vehicles for the South Shields region, with the rest of the new buses coming on board shortly. This is great news for our customers and a fantastic addition to the local Stagecoach bus fleet.
“Buses are critical to the local economy and so we have invested to improve the experience for customers and make it as easy as possible to travel within their community, connecting people to the many amenities and attractions in South Shields. With the addition of free wifi, being able to work remotely, connect with friends via social networks or even check the latest journey information online will help make bus travel more productive.”
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Bus pic 1 - (L to R): Phil Medlicott, managing director, Stagecoach North East with Brian Sleightholme, operations manager at Stagecoach North East's South Shields depot
Bus pic 2 - (L to R): Phil Medlicott, Stagecoach North East managing director, with Brian Sleightholme, operations manager at the South Shields depot and Alan Richardson, engineering manager for Stagecoach North East
Bus pic 3 - (L to R): Phil Medlicott, managing director, Stagecoach North East with Brian Sleightholme, operations manager at Stagecoach North East's South Shields depot
Bus pic 4 - (L to R): Phil Medlicott, Stagecoach North East managing director, with South Shields bus drivers Julia Smith, Chris Howson and Gail Fowler