£7 million of brand-new green buses arrive at West Bromwich
National Express West Midlands has invested £7 million in 24 top-of-the-range Platinum buses for the company’s West Bromwich garage. As well as looking smart, their smart hybrid engines will cut pollution in the Black Country and Birmingham.
The bus company will be deploying these elegant grey top-spec double deckers - with free wifi, USB chargers and extra legroom - on routes 82 and 87, giving customers in Smethwick and Bearwood the chance to catch them on the high street for the first time.
Nick Vane, National Express West Midlands’ Commercial Director, said:
“Since 2016, National Express West Midlands has invested over £90 million on 342 of these beautiful buses. They are part of our pledge as a member of the West Midlands Bus Alliance – to increase the amount of people taking the bus, to keep our customers happy and to keep the air clean across the West Midlands.
“We know our customers love Platinums. When we ask them what they think, overall satisfaction across all the Platinum routes is 94%. And where we’ve upgraded bus routes to Platinum, we’ve attracted new customers.”
All 24 of the new West Bromwich Platinums are smart hybrids - the cleanest greenest combustion engines on the market, which emit extremely low levels of nitrogen oxide.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, has welcomed the investment.
“These buses are among the best of any region in the whole country, so it is great to see another 24 of them rolled out onto our roads and into Bearwood and Smethwick high streets for the first time.
“Not only do the Platinum buses offer a better experience for passengers, with free wifi and extra legroom, but they are also crucial in the fight against climate change as they produce low emissions and help to get people out of their cars and onto public transport.
“Tackling climate change is one of my priorities as Mayor, which is why I have asked National Express to have a clean bus fleet by 2021. These state-of-the-art buses with their smart hybrid engines are achieving just that.”
National Express’ West Bromwich garage manager, Lee Stockton, offered his drivers the opportunity to name the new buses after loved ones. Nearly a hundred people from the depot put in a request, and now 14 girls’ names have been chosen and painted on the vehicles.
Driver Avtar Singh said:
“I’m really excited to have West Bromwich garage become a Platinum garage. One of the Platinums on the 82/87 route is named after my niece who is 6. When I showed her the picture of the bus that would have her name on it, she was ecstatic. She particularly liked the pink branding as it’s her favourite colour.”