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14 Nov 2017
Stagecoach South has invested well over £1 million in 6 brand new double deck buses for its Winchester route 64.
The brand new British built Enviro 400 MMC vehicles are state of the art with USB charging points at every seat, free wifi, luxury seating and the latest smart technology to minimise emissions.
Together with the new buses, there are also exciting improvements to the timetable with extra evening journeys, and double the number of buses on Sundays and Public Holidays with a full hourly frequency.
Route 64 provides a direct service linking Winchester city centre, Alresford, Ropley, Four Marks & Alton where it connects with South Western Railway services offering convenient connections to London.
Managing Director Edward Hodgson, said ‘It’s fantastic to not only be launching new buses on the route 64 but to be improving the timetable at the same time. The route is very direct ,almost the same way you would drive to Winchester in your car, but travelling by bus you don’t need to worry about finding a place to park and you can use the journey to catch up online with our free WiFi and USB charging sockets.
With the increase in evening journeys especially at this time of year people can go out and enjoy an evening with friends without worrying about driving home. It’s also cheaper by bus too, with our nightrider ticket which allows unlimited travel on any Stagecoach bus for just £2.50 after 7pm. The new hourly service on Sunday’s makes it ideal for a family shopping trip or to enjoy a day at the Science Centre & Planetarium, or visit a pub for lunch at one of the picturesque villages along the route.
We believe that these improvements will encourage more people to choose the bus as their preferred mode of travel, and we hope that customers will enjoy travelling on the new buses.’
The new buses are equipped with the latest on aboard technology making the journey a pleasure as customers will be able to charge their mobile devices and surf the internet whilst travelling. With the Stagecoach Mobile App and contactless payment technology onboard bus travel is now accessible and simple.
To celebrate the launch of the new vehicles the buses were unveiled on Monday 13 November at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, which also cements a new partnership between the attraction and Bus Company on encouraging greener travel in the area. Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium will be offering 25% off admission when people travel to the centre by bus or bike.