Optare Solos for Coastal Coaches

near Birkenhead, Merseyside, UK
Coastal Coaches of Warton has added three new Optare Solos, the first of a batch of eight, to their bus fleet. Family run Coastal Coaches currently operate an all Optare fleet of eight Optare Solos. The Solos will operate on route 76, around Blackpool and Lytham St Annes.

Three of the eight new Optare Solo M780SEs at the Optare Factory

The 7.9m Euro 5 slim line Solos seat up to 27. The buses are named Master Luke, Master Liam and Miss Elvi following a tradition of naming the buses after family and close friends.

Bill Holder, Owner at Coastal Coaches, said, “We have run Solos for many years and have been extremely happy with their performance, therefore when it came to buying new vehicles, Optare vehicles were the obvious choice for us. The routes these vehicles serve are quite narrow in places so the slim line Solo is ideal for this purpose.”

Tim Matthews, UK Sales & National Key Account Manager, Optare, said, “Coastal Coaches have been a loyal customer and supporter of Optare since 2003, and we are delighted to be replacing their fleet of Solos with the latest model”.

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.

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