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29 Nov 2013
Stagecoach in South Wales has invited passengers to look out for 17 brand new buses entering operation in the Aberdare area. The company has invested nearly £1.7 million in the new, low floor, single deck Optare Solo vehicles which will all be on the road by the end of November. All of the new buses will be kitted out in a striking new livery designed by the company.
Routes 6, 7, 8 and 9 serve Glynhafod, Merthyr Tydfil, Hirwaun, Penderyn, Rhigos and Aberdare and collectively carry on average 26,000 passengers per week. With larger and improved interiors, the buses provide a step-free entrance which allows customers to roll on wheelchairs and buggies and park them in dedicated areas on board. They represent the very latest in clean engine technology, meeting Euro V emissions standards, helping to cut carbon emissions and so reducing the environmental impact of the service.
The company launched the new vehicles at its Aberdare depot with a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Stagecoach in South Wales, Managing Director John Gould alongside Edwina Hart, the Welsh Government’s Minister for Economy, Science and Transport.
The Minister said: “I am very pleased to see this investment by Stagecoach which will provide bus users in this area with a more comfortable service. Bus services are crucially important to many people in enabling them to access education, training, and employment or to get out and about to access everyday services and facilities. We also want to see more people use public transport to help our ambitions to cut carbon emissions.”
John Gould said: ‘The introduction of 17 new buses to Aberdare is one of the biggest investments recently made in public transport in the area. The latest launch is another demonstration of our investment into improving local bus services and Stagecoach’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. The launch gave us a welcome opportunity to honour the benefits and importance of supporting the green agenda. Our message to residents along these routes is simple – leave your car at home and “just go” by Stagecoach instead!”
As well as Aberdare’s new buses, Stagecoach in South Wales has also announced the pending delivery of a further 14 buses for its Route 151, which operates between Blackwood and Newport.