Stagecoach North East has continued to demonstrate its significant investment across the region and delivered a further boost to its Teesside fleet with the introduction of 18 brand new buses.
The new single deck Enviro 200 MMC buses on Teesside will operate up to every seven minutes as Stagecoach service 36/37/38, connecting the communities of Middlesbrough, Stockton, Norton and Hartlepool after an investment of £3 million.
Operating from the company’s Stockton depot, the buses will feature state-of-the-art, Euro 6 engines equipped with Stop-Start technology for improved fuel efficiency, large rear destination screens and audio visual next stop announcements with scrolling LED displays. The journey experience is also enhanced by improved seating for customer comfort, free Wi-Fi, USB charging points and contactless payment on-board.
These improvements to the fleet form part of a wider programme of investment by the company, further demonstrating its commitment to giving passengers an enhanced travel experience. In 2014, £2.5m was invested on 23 gas buses for Sunderland, followed by a further £9m investment in 43 new buses for the company’s two Newcastle depots during 2016. Recent research by KPMG shows that every £1 invested in local bus services generates up to £8 in wider social, economic and environmental benefits.
Gary Chisholm, Engineering Director at Stagecoach North East, said: "Investment in new technology is now helping to make life easier for all of our passengers, no matter how often or how little they use the bus.
"We believe in embracing this new technology and have continually invested in improvements for our customers. With increased traffic congestion on our roads, offering a greener way to travel with the inception of Euro 6 technology has never been so important.”
Euro 6 buses emit less NOx than a new Euro 6 diesel car and, as the bus has 15-20 times the carrying capacity of a typical car, just one bus can replace up to 75 car trips. As congestion is costing the UK economy more than £13b a year and bus organisations continue to invest in making buses a better choice, there has never been a better time to make the switch to public transport.
Running up to every seven minutes, Monday to Saturday daytimes between Middlesbrough and Norton, the new buses will be showcased at a public launch event on Stockton High Street, next to the Stockton Flyer, on Friday 18 October 2019. Visitors are invited to join Stagecoach between 11am and 3pm for a series of fun attractions for people of all ages, including free face painting, balloon modelling and entertainment from TFM Radio.