Fourteen new buses for Liverpool to Huyton service

near Liverpool, Merseyside L23 1TJ, UK
Arriva North West has introduced fourteen brand new double deckers to their 15 service, which runs between Liverpool City Centre and Huyton Bus Station. This forms part of their pledge to introduce 106 brand new vehicles in 2015. Seven of these vehicles entered service on Sunday 3rd May, with the remaining seven entering service on Tuesday 5th May. A further 21 vehicles are due to enter traffic on services 12 and 13 as part of a total batch of 35 vehicles in the very near future.

Arriva North West's SK15 GYC (4646) at Huyton Bus Station

This year has arguably been the biggest change at Green Lane depot since the takeover of MTL North by Arriva in February 2000, with the depot's previous 100% single deck allocation having changed with the introduction of double decked vehicles to the depot's busiest services. This hasn't taken long either, with a total 46 new double deckers arriving in the space of just a few months.

Stagecoach Manchester celebrates four millionth X50 customer

near Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
Stagecoach Manchester held a surprise celebration yesterday to mark the arrival of the four millionth customer to use their hugely popular X50 Express service to intu Trafford Centre in Dumplington.

As Bako Noori, 20, exited the X50 service at the intu Trafford Centre, he was greeted by a live fanfare, confetti canons, baton twirlers, balloons and banners.

First launched in 2009, the X50 route, which travels from Manchester City Centre to intu Trafford Centre, has become one of Stagecoach Manchester’s most popular services. It carried over 13,000 customers in its first month of service, a figure which increased to 695,000 passengers last month. The service now carries more than twice the number of passengers than in its first full year.

Global Recognition for Arriva Sapphire

near Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH42, UK
Arriva UK Bus’ acclaimed premium Sapphire brand is to be recognised for its exemplary commitment to customer excellence at the prestigious UITP (International Association of Public Transport) World Congress & Exhibition.

Arriva UK Bus’ acclaimed premium Sapphire brand is to be recognised for its exemplary commitment to customer excellence at the prestigious UITP (International Association of Public Transport) World Congress & Exhibition.

Sapphire, which launched in 2013 across four trial routes but has since been extended to cover 16 further services across the UK, is to be celebrated alongside three other global transport operators in the customer services category during the 61st UITP Awards taking place in Milan on 10th June.

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