D&G Bus are back in the Potteries!

near Chester, Cheshire West and Chester, UK
D&G Bus of Uttoxeter has purchased the business and assets of Stoke-on-Trent based Wardle Transport from Arriva Midlands, further growing its business in North Staffordshire. With the formal takeover to take place on the 9th May 2015, the transfer of 19 vehicles out of the 40 strong fleet with a number of staff which will join D&G Bus as per transfer of undertakings (TUPE).

A single deck D&G Bus arrives at Crewe Bus Station.
D&G YJ60 GDK a VDL SB180 with MCV Evolution bodywork arrives at Crewe Bus Station.

It is believed that D&G Bus and Arriva Midlands had been in discussions concerning the deal for the last three months, with Arriva originally approaching D&G Bus for the sale. The Directors believe that the Wardle Transport routes will complement their existing portfolio of work which is currently based at Cinderhill Industrial Estate.

The same Uttoxeter based ownership combination that owns D&G Bus, Rolling Solutions Ltd and Julian Peddle, sold its Green Triangle Buses Ltd operation to Rotala Plc earlier this month, which put D&G in the position to make this latest acquisition of Wardle Transport.

Free Wi-Fi for Manchester’s Metroshuttle

near Chester, Cheshire West and Chester, UK
Passengers hopping on and off Manchester city centre’s free Metroshuttle buses will be able to surf the web for free thanks to a new Wi-Fi service launching this week. The new service will be offered on all 20 Metroshuttle buses which link the city’s main rail stations, car parks with shopping areas and businesses.

Free onboard Wi-Fi goes live on city centre’s 20 Metroshuttle buses.

Wi-Fi has already been trialled on Metrolink, with positive feedback from customers who used it. It is hoped the rollout will make the trams and Metroshuttle buses a more attractive journey choice, supporting TfGM’s commitment to sustainable travel.

Transport for Greater Manchester funded the scheme with Manchester and Salford city councils and the government’s Broadband Delivery UK. In the next few weeks Wi-Fi will also be switched on in all 94 Metrolink trams running across Greater Manchester, as well as 241 key public buildings in Manchester and Salford.

Arriva Sapphire adds sparkle to Chester, Connah's Quay & Holywell

near Chester, Cheshire West and Chester, UK
Arriva Buses Wales is once again bringing their new concept in bus travel to the people of the North West and in North Wales, as the Chester and Connah's Quay service sees the introduction of their high quality Sapphire brand. The service upgrade comes complete with attractive on board facilities, including free Wi-Fi, spacious legroom with e-leather covered seating as well as 240v and USB charging points and audio-visual displays.

Nine brand new Arriva Sapphire Alexander Dennis Enviro400 for the Chester to Connah's Quay and Holywell services.
Seven brand new Sapphire spec Alexander Dennis Enviro400 ready for their launch at Chester depot.

The Sapphire concept is based on what Arriva's customers told them in extensive research, with the main appeal of attracting first-time users and reluctant bus users out of their cars and on public transport. Taking to the road on Sunday the 15th March, the eye-catching buses are recognisable by their striking two-tone blue ‘Sapphire’ livery that is complemented by new features to make travelling by bus more fun and enjoyable.

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