NEW LOOK BUSES MARK THE START OF IMPROVED SERVICES
A fresh new look for Stagecoach route 2 was officially launched on Friday 2 September by Basingstoke and Deane District Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety Cllr Simon Bound and Stagecoach South Regional Director Michael Watson.
Route 2 connects Baughurst and Tadley with central Basingstoke, including the hospital and rail station. Buses will run more often, up to every 12 minutes during the day, with extra journeys in the evening too.
New look buses boast free to use WiFi so customers can stay connected on their journey. Also, a first for Basingstoke, route 2 buses are fitted with air conditioning making them more comfortable all year round.
Michael Watson, Regional Director for Stagecoach, said at the launch: "We’re rolling out a number of improvements here in Basingstoke, route 2 is just the start of our journey, with its fresh new look, air conditioned buses and improved timetable. Here in Basingstoke buses are very important, both to the communities they serve and to our local economy. Our strong partnerships, with local authorities and businesses, are improving buses – key to stimulating Basingstoke’s economic growth for the future."
Cllr Simon Bound, Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety, said: "Improving buses will help the local economy and improve access to jobs, health, education, retail and the rail network. I love these brightly coloured buses and it’s just what Basingstoke needs. The latest investment from Stagecoach demonstrates their commitment to making buses better for customers. Our partnership is delivering many improvements across the Basingstoke and Deane area and I look to seeing more like this.”