Stagecoach North East has continued its investment in the region and delivered a further boost to its Newcastle fleet with an additional 18 brand new buses now in service across the city.
Following the launch of 24 new buses in September for the region, the local bus operator has unveiled the second fleet of buses, which are now running on routes 30 and 31.
The second bus fleet forms part of a wider programme of investment by the company, further demonstrating its commitment to giving passengers an enhanced travel experience. Following the launch of its smartphone app earlier this year, which provides real-time journey updates, Stagecoach North East continued to develop its technology with the introduction of smart, multi-operator ticketing and a dynamic new website.
Most recently, the bus firm unveiled its mobile ticketing technology with a series of app demonstrations across the north east, and has committed to delivering contactless payments in Tyne and Wear by the end of the year.
Over the past five years, Stagecoach North East has invested heavily in improvements for customers including introducing more than 240 new vehicles, worth £37million, for local communities.
Steve Walker, managing director at Stagecoach North East, said: “We continually look towards enhancing our fleet and we hope the addition of 18 new buses in the region will significantly improve the travel experience we offer our customers in Newcastle. With increased congestion and traffic on our roads, as well as offering a cleaner and greener way to travel, buses now provide an increasingly vital and efficient service for our passengers.
“Our customers want seamless journeys – from planning their trip and buying tickets, to getting real-time travel information when catching the bus and we believe the investment in the new technology is now helping make life easier for all of our passengers, no matter how often or how little they use the bus.
“We’ll also continue to embrace further developments in technology to ensure we can deliver even better bus services for our customers in the future.”
The new single decker fleet of Enviro 200 buses feature state-of-the-art fuel efficient Euro 6 engines, improved seating for customer comfort, free Wi-Fi and USB charging points, and will benefit customers on services which link city centre locations with Fenham, Benwell, Gosforth, Fawdon and Montagu Estate.