- £5.3 million investment in 25 brand new double deck buses
- High-spec vehicles feature free customer WiFi and USB charging points
- 100% British built with latest ‘Euro 6’ clean engine technology
- Buses hit the road from Monday on popular ‘Wave’ routes along the coast
- Ultra-convenient smart phone tickets available
Stagecoach customers along the Kent and East Sussex coast can now enjoy an even more comfortable bus ride as the company launch a brand new fleet of buses.
£5.3 million worth of ultramodern double deckers will be out on the roads from Monday (5 December). Most of the new buses will operate on the popular ‘Wave’ routes between Dover and Hastings. The 25 new state-of-the-art vehicles are designed to accommodate passengers in comfort and convenience. As well as being more environmentally friendly, the buses feature free WiFi and USB charging points for customers to keep connected and fully charged whilst on the move. Each bus is equipped with air-chill technology that maintains a comfortable interior temperature whatever the season.
The new buses are the latest instalment in a £11 million investment in 55 brand new vehicles this year. The company’s managing director, Philip Norwell, said: “This is exciting news for our customers and for people thinking of choosing to use the bus. The Wave maintains important links between coastal towns and with these new buses we hope to tempt even more people to try the service.”
Stagecoach says that the Wave routes carried 2.7 million passengers in the year up to April 2016, saving vast numbers of car journeys.
Mr Norwell added “We know that providing a quality bus service doesn’t just mean comfortable seats. People want to use their travel time to catch-up and stay connected. Our free WiFi and USB charging will allow them to do this, contributing to our customers’ overall journey experience whilst reducing our impact on the environment.”
The British built Alexander Dennis buses have ‘Euro 6’ specification low-noise engines which represent the very latest in clean engine technology. Cummins, the engine manufacturer, have developed an after-treatment system which filters out particle emissions by 98% compared to the previous design standard.
For comfort the buses come with high-back faux-leather seats and tinted windows to reduce the build-up of heat inside. On the outside the buses sport a new and refreshed ‘Wave’ livery featuring a montage inspired by the seaside route. Stagecoach will be running a Twitter competition asking customers to guess how many starfish are featured in the design. The winner, who will be announced on Twitter on Monday 19 December, will receive a month’s free bus travel on Stagecoach buses in the south east worth £84.50. You can follow Stagecoach on Twitter @StagecoachSE
The new buses coincide with the company’s investment in digital technology which is transforming the journey experience for its customers.
This investment has included the introduction of real-time tracking technology on all Stagecoach buses and the launch of mobile tickets earlier in November. Stagecoach also recently announced plans to deliver contactless payments on all of its vehicles in the south east by the end of 2017.
On Mondays to Saturdays Wave route 100, 101 and 102 buses run up to every 15 minutes between Dover and New Romney and every 30 minutes on to Hastings. On Sundays the routes operate every 30 minutes between Dover and New Romney and hourly on to Hastings.