Eleven new buses for Liverpool to Huyton service

near Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
Arriva North West introduced eleven brand new double deck buses into traffic on one of Arriva North West's Quality Bus Partnership routes in Liverpool on Friday 2nd January 2015, representing part of a £10 million investment in new buses which will hit the roads of Merseyside early this year. The launch for these vehicles was held a few weeks previously, in Huyton town centre - the terminus of the route these vehicles serve.

A brand new double decker passes along Elizabeth Road in Huyton.
A brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 registered SL64 JCZ (4586) passes along Elizabeth Road in Huyton

The route these vehicles will be deployed on is the service 10B operating between Liverpool city centre and Elizabeth Road in Huyton - previously operated primarily by VDL SB200LFs with Wright Pulsar and Wright Pulsar 2 bodywork, although other vehicle types were deployed on this service at times.

Arriva MAX arrives in Rhyl and Denbigh

near Denbigh LL16, UK
Arriva Buses Wales launched their MAX brand in Rhyl and Denbigh on the 51 and 51S route earlier this month, using refurbished buses and specially trained drivers, MAX includes complimentary Wi-Fi, comfortable leather-style seats, a ‘no-quibble’ money-back guarantee and the latest in journey planning technology for customers.

A refurbished Arriva MAX bus stands at Lenten Pool in Denbigh bound for Rhyl.
A refurbished Arriva MAX branded VDL SB200 with Wrightbus Pulsar bodywork stands at Lenten Pool in Denbigh bound for Rhyl.

MAX has been specifically crafted for their new inter-urban express brand of services, which provide quicker connections on key selected inter-urban express routes that offer customers all the benefits of their Sapphire-esque "MAX pack". MAX has a similar set up to the Sapphire model, as used on route 1 between Wrexham and Chester and route 12 from Rhyl to Llandudno, albeit without the audio-visual displays and on-board power sockets and USB charging points.

29 brand new Stagecoach buses for South Manchester

near Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH42, UK
In an investment worth more than £5 million, Stagecoach Manchester are currently taking delivery of twenty nine brand new double deck Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 MMC buses for their Sharston Garage, which will serve Chorlton and the South Manchester area.

A new Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC at Manchester Piccadilly Gardens.
A Stagecoach Manchester Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC unloads at Manchester Piccadilly Gardens
Photograph courtesy of Ian Hale

The efficient, modern vehicles will improve the services for local people by providing increased capacity and upgraded safety and comfort levels. Complimentary WiFi, which is now present in over half of the Stagecoach Manchester fleet, is provided to further improve the experience for those on board, while low floor access is fitted to help elderly and disabled passengers as well as those with children.

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