Stagecoach introduces 18 new buses to its Mersey fleet in £4m investment

Stagecoach Merseyside, Cheshire, and South Lancashire says 11 of the vehicles will operate on the X2 route from Liverpool to Preston via Southport with seven operating out of the Birkenhead depot

From left, Stagecoach’s Rob Jones with Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham and Cllr Liam Robinson

 

Merseyside’s second-biggest bus operator Stagecoach has spent £4m on 18 new buses for its city region fleet.

Stagecoach Merseyside, Cheshire, and South Lancashire says 11 of the vehicles will operate on the X2 route from Liverpool to Preston via Southport, with the additional seven operating out of the Birkenhead depot.

And in a first for the business, the new X2 vehicles will include a number of table seats complete with USB ports. 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.

These luxury buses feature hand stitched Italian-designed leather seats; Euro 6 standard engines complete with stop/start technology to help cut exhaust gas emissions; free wi-fi; and new interior design which includes noise-reducing moquette fabric.

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.”

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