Stagecoach South West announced today that it is investing £5million in 26 new buses for its Plymouth network. Buses will go into service across January 2016, with the majority of the vehicles featuring free Wi-Fi, allowing customers to connect, share and play on the move.
- Stagecoach announces £5million investment in 26 single and double decker buses
- The majority of buses feature free Wi-Fi, allowing customers to connect, share and play on the move
- Buses go into service across January 2016 on Park and Ride, 1/X1 and 3 services
- Stagecoach is also introducing a new timetable on 1/X1 from 3 January 2016
Ten buses will be allocated to The George, Milehouse and Coypool Park & Ride sites, completely replacing the existing fleet. All ten will feature free WiFi and leather seats and will come in a distinctive new livery.
The remaining 16 buses will run on the operator’s 1/X1 service, connecting Plymouth with Tavistock and on service 3, connecting Plymouth with Dartmouth. The majority of these vehicles will also feature free Wi-Fi.
Bob Dennison, Managing Director of Stagecoach South West, said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of our brand new vehicles for Plymouth, making our customers journeys even more comfortable.”
The £5million investment comes just 3 months after Stagecoach South West announced its acquisition of certain assets of First Devon & Cornwall’s Plymouth operation. The acquisition has provided passengers with a number of benefits including more reliable timetables, earlier morning and later evening journeys and the introduction of new cross-city links.
Councillor Brian Vincent, Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene, said: “The launch of this new fleet is good news for Plymouth and for bus passengers. It’s great to see investment in new, modern vehicles for these services, which will help encourage more people to use public transport in and around the city.”
As well as investing in the new buses, Stagecoach is also introducing a revised timetable on 1/X1. The timetable starts from 3rd January 2016 and will help improve overall reliability on the busy Plymouth to Tavistock route.