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22 May 2018
• £6 million investment in 30 brand new double deck buses
• High-spec vehicles feature free customer WiFi and USB charging points
• British built with latest ‘Euro 6’ cleaner and greener engines
• Ultra-convenient smart phone tickets and contactless payment available
Stagecoach have launched a fleet of 30 brand new double decker buses on their popular Coastliner 700 service, which operates between Wick, Littlehampton, Worthing, Shoreham, Hove and Brighton.
The new E400 MMC double decker vehicles provide a modern upgrade to customers travelling on the route.
The £6million investment by Stagecoach is proof of their commitment to providing high quality bus travel for people living, working & visiting West Sussex and Brighton City.
Fitted with environmentally friendly Euro 6 engines, the buses include the new ADL SmartSeat, which features ergonomically formed backrests and finished in e-leather for added comfort.
As well as making sure customers ride in comfort, USB chargers are fitted at every seat to keep electronic devices charged. Coupled with the free onboard WiFi customerscan access to emails, travel information and social media, all while they are on the move.
Edward Hodgson, Managing Director, said: “This is exciting news for our customers across Littlehampton, Worthing and Brighton and also for people thinking of choosing to use the bus.
With increased congestion and traffic on our roads, buses provide a a sustainable and attractive alternative to the private car.
The route provides a convenient and affordable transport link between the coastal towns and the city of Brighton creating the ideal travel choice for commuters, students, shoppers or just for leisure.
This latest investment further demonstrates our continued commitment to invest in state-of-the-art, cleaner, greener vehicles, digital technology and smart ticketing to deliver an ever higher standard of service."
Coastliner 700 buses run 7 days a week, including bank holidays, with buses running every 10 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytimes from Wick to Brighton via Littlehampton, Worthing, Shoreham and Hove.
The popular Coastliner 700, first launched in 1975, travels along the South Downs coastal A259 route, providing a link between Brighton & Littlehampton, with easy connections available to Bognor Regis & Chichester and onwards to Portsmouth.
The new fleet of buses were officially launched on the morning of Monday 21st May 2018, at Churchill Square, Brighton where representatives from Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton Bus Watch were in attendance and Marine Parade, Worthing which was attended by Cllr Hazel Thorpe, Deputy Mayor for Worthing and Worthing Town Crier Bob Smytherman.
News of the latest investment by Stagecoach was welcomed by the Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee at Brighton & Hove City Council, Councillor Gill Mitchell. She said: “I welcome the launch of the new and upgraded fleet of Stagecoach buses, which offer an improved service to customers travelling on the Coastliner 700 route.
It is particularly pleasing that they are fitted with Euro 6 engines, which are so much cleaner. I hope that the upgraded buses, which are fitted with WiFi and USB chargers, will appeal to those considering taking the bus rather than using a private car, which will help to reduce emissions and improve air quality.”
Cllr Hazel Thorpe Deputy Mayor for Worthing said at the launch "Congratulations to Edward Hodgson and his Stagecoach team for being environmentally friendly with a focus on clean air and less pollution - investing £6 million in our coastline services and recycling energy that would otherwise be wasted energy via USB hubs and Wi fi . Members of the travelling public have already noticed the difference and are pleased to be able to work on the move as time is precious. What a great start to a sustainable transport initiative with our partners”.
The new buses follow other recent improvements from Stagecoach to make bus travel even easier including contactless payments, Apple Pay and Google Pay, together with a smartphone app which offers journey planning, live bus tracking, and mobile tickets delivered straight to a mobile phone.
Photo 1: Stagecoach South Managing Director, Edward Hodgson with guests launching the new buses at Brighton City Centre.
Photo 2: Worthing Town Crier, Bob Smytherman, assists Cllr Hazel Thorpe, Deputy Mayor for Worthing, and Edward Hodgson, Managing Director for Stagecoach South to cut the ribbon at Worthing seafront.