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£3.5m fleet of gold buses hit road in Gloucestershire

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Written by:   | Posted 13-December-2012 8:47

£3.5m fleet of gold buses hit road in Gloucestershire

If you’re going to travel, it might as well be in style, and now there’s a “luxury” option for those who usually hop on the bus to get from A to B, or to tempt those who don’t tend to travel by coach.

Stagecoach West has brought its “Gold” buses to Service 10, which runs between Lower Tuffley, Gloucester city centre, Brockworth, Shurdington and Cheltenham.

The service revved up on Saturday December 8 and is running up to every 10 minutes Mondays to Saturdays, and up to every 20 minutes on Sundays, effectively doubling the daytime service frequency over the Brockworth-Cheltenham section of route.

The 19 new hi-tech buses have cost £3.5million in total and are decked out with noise-reducing fabric, high back leather seats and free wi-fi so customers can surf the web while they ride the route.

The new fleet of buses had their official launch at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel in Brockworth, where Ian Manning, managing director of Stagecoach West, was joined by Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood, and Councillor Paul McLain, deputy leader of Gloucestershire County Council.

A Stagecoach West spokesman said: “We have had a very successful, smooth first three full days of operation.
“The brand-new buses went on the road on Saturday, and it ran like clockwork.”

Mr Manning said: “When we introduced identical vehicles to Service 94, we attracted over 90,000 extra passengers in the first year, then 50,000 on top in the second year.

“I have every confidence we will achieve similar or better results on Service 10.”

Cheltenham’s MP Mr Horwood added: “Bus travel is the most environmentally-friendly mode of transport, full stop.

“The more operators can do to make it attractive to potential customers the better.”

Pictured: Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood, Stagecoach South West MD Ian Manning, councillor Paul McLain, deputy leader of Gloucestershire County Council and guests launch the updated route.

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