STAGECOACH Merseyside, Cheshire, and South Lancashire has upgraded its fleet, investing over £4 million in the region, including first of its kind, next generation buses across Merseyside.
The company, which operates over 400 buses across the three regions, will boost its fleet by 18 vehicles, 11 of which will operate on the X2 route from Liverpool to Preston via Southport, with the additional seven operating out of the Birkenhead depot.
In a first for the business, the new X2 vehicles will include a number of table seats complete with USB ports, allowing passengers to stay connected while on the move. They will also feature deluxe e-leather seats and LED reading lights, among other features.
The investment also sees seven new Gold buses arriving on the 471 and 472 routes from Heswall to Liverpool
Rob Jones, managing director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: “Stagecoach is committed to continually investing in our fleet in the Liverpool city region – ensuring we deliver sustainable, comfortable, high-specification vehicles to our customers; providing them with a first-class experience.
“The new buses being introduced on the X2 route are a first for the business and we’re delighted to be launching them. We have worked closely with the design and engineering teams to incorporate a range of new features, which will make the passenger experience even more pleasant and comfortable. We’re expecting the table seats to be a real hit, both with commuters who want to work on the go and with families or friends who want to sit together socially as a group.
“The new features will also enable people to use their time on the bus more productively, with LED reading lights, tables and free on-board Wi-Fi making it easier than ever to stay connected or, particularly with the dark mornings and nights as we head into winter, just relax and read on their journey.
“I am delighted that we are also growing our Gold bus outreach in the region, adding to existing Gold buses that currently run between Liverpool and Chester.”
Stagecoach is part of Liverpool City Region’s Bus Alliance, a partnership between Liverpool’s biggest bus operators and Merseytravel. The Alliance is focussed on quality of vehicles and customer service, value for money journeys and straightforward travel from simple fare structures to easy to understand journey planning and a clear, simple bus network.