Region's first new look buses come to the Hagley Road
Centro councillors celebrating the £5million investment
National Express West Midlands has launched a £5 million fleet of new ultra low emission buses on the number 9 bus route between Birmingham and Stourbridge. The vehicles, which feature Euro 6 engines, will reduce harmful emissions such as NOx by 75% and greatly reduce carbon footprint.
The 24 buses will not only improve air quality in Birmingham, Sandwell and Dudley; they will also look completely different from other buses on the region’s roads. The new vehicles have a distinctive fresh livery in a two-tone maroon with complementary cream lines.
The buses are part of a record £34 million investment in 171 new vehicles by National Express West Midlands during 2015.
With another new bus arriving every day for the next few months, by September all 171 of the new vehicles will be carrying passengers across the West Midlands.
The investment will mean that National Express West Midlands deliver upon the Transforming Bus Travel pledge to deliver 300 new buses over a two year period.
Speaking about the investment, Peter Coates, Managing Director of National Express West Midlands said:
“The new buses we have launched on the 9 will ensure hundreds of thousands of our customers will have smoother, cleaner and more enjoyable journeys. The buses, which are all built in Britain, will have more comfortable seats, better lighting and crystal clear CCTV.
“Our customers regularly tell us newer buses make for a better journey and that is why we have invested a record amount in new vehicles.”
Centro Chairman, Cllr John McNicholas, added:
“This investment in new low emission buses is good for passengers and good for the environment. It is another example of the very real benefits being delivered for bus users by Centro's innovative Transforming Bus Travel agreement with National Express West Midlands.
“We now look forward to the rest of the new buses being delivered over the coming weeks and will continue to work with National Express to see Euro 6 vehicles become the standard for the West Midlands."
The Transforming Bus Travel: Partnership Plus agreement, which was signed in 2013, is delivering more than £83 million of investment for West Midlands bus passengers over two years, including the 300 new buses. It also includes more real-time information, crime-busting CCTV cameras and on-board cleaning.
The deal has landed two major industry awards, taking the Putting Passengers First title at the UK Bus Awards and Partnership of the Year at the National Transport Awards.