New version of popular double decker bus seen on 86 route over last month
In late December, Stagecoach Manchester has unveiled 29 new double-decker buses, which will serve Chorlton and the South Manchester area. The investment, worth more than £5 million, in efficient, modern vehicles will improve the services for local people by providing increased capacity and upgraded safety and comfort levels.
Free WiFi, which is now present in over half of the Stagecoach Manchester fleet, is provided to further improve the experience for those on board, while low floor access is fitted to help elderly and disabled passengers as well as those with children.
Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Christopher Bowles, said: “The new fleet of 29 Enviro 400 buses, the first of their type in Greater Manchester, represents a significant investment which will improve journeys for people in South Manchester.
“The new buses will give our fleet an even more modern profile and enable customers on our busiest services to benefit from the latest standards which the industry has to offer.”
The new fleet of Enviro 400s was built in the UK by Alexander Dennis Ltd and is fitted with the latest EU approved Euro 6 engines, which have exhaust treatment processes to significantly reduce the level of carbon emissions.
Christopher added: “We continue to lessen the impact public transport has on the environment both through noise pollution and our carbon footprint. These new vehicles represent a significant step forward in local infrastructure.”
To celebrate the launch of the new double-decker buses, Stagecoach Manchester will be holding a ‘Name the bus’ competition in 2015. As with previous events, local school children will be asked to name the buses which will serve their area.
Expect to see pictures of the new vehicles on East of the M60 before long, possibly as part of a cheap and cheerful cavalcade of bus pictures.
S.V., 07 January 2015.