Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Heritage Potteries Livery

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First have revived an earlier livery for some of their Potteries fleet and John Moore has sent these pictures illustrating the colour scheme. Can any reader confirm if this attractive livery is to be extended to more of the fleet.
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  1. james driver first pennine (former pmt)20 October 2011 at 22:15

    this is a promo livery for routes 25/26 as the below extract says on firsts website

    http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/staffordshire_cheshire/travel_news/news_initiatives/?item=3181

    To mark the official launch of a gold service of bus travel, which is intended to improve levels of customer service on Services 25 and 26/26A in the Potteries, managers from First in Potteries met with representatives from the local authorities in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke on Trent on Friday 23 September.

    Since the beginning of this week (26 September) people using Service 25 (City Centre Hanley Bus Station " Keele via Stoke and Newcastle) and Service 26/26A (City Centre Hanley " Newcastle via Dividy Road, Brookwood Drive, Longton and Stoke) should have noticed some significant differences to the service they receive. As well as having dedicated drivers, and extra bus cleans throughout the day " to ensure the buses remain clean and tidy - one bus on each route has been returned to heritage, red and yellow livery, with other vehicles bearing recognisable local symbols of the area, giving the two services a greater local identity.

    The improvements on the buses themselves are also being supported by improved on bus and roadside information as steps have been taken to ensure that where possible every bus stop along the two routes has up to date timetable information for customers to consult if they want to.

    A new trial �two trip fare has also been introduced. This introductory ticket, which is available for £3.50 for adults (£2.30 children), allows customers to make two single journeys on either service, transferring onto other services in the network in order to complete journeys. This offers adult bus users a saving of 30 pence over the current price of two single fares; children will save 20 pence.

    Talking about the improvements that have been made to Services 25 and 26/26A, Peter Walch, General Manager for First in Potteries, says: "As a company we want to encourage as many people as possible to use our services, so weve introduced a new �gold service whereby we hope to provide the very best bus service possible. We want to make it easier for customers to find information about our bus services so as well as having complete information on our website, up to date timetable information is being installed, where possible, at every stop on the two routes and on the vehicles themselves. We also want to build a better relationship with our customers so were employing dedicated drivers on the routes and were taking steps to further improve the standard of cleanliness on our vehicles as we know how important this is to our customers. Finally were implementing a �Gold Service Customer Charter " which outlines our commitment to run reliable, punctual and clean services with friendly, customer focused, drivers.

    "We hope that our customers will appreciate the changes we are making. We very much hope that in doing this even more people will see the bus for what it is " a realistic and viable alternative to other forms of transport, and an environmentally friendly way to travel. Well monitor feedback from customers and if this proves successful it may be a concept that we roll out further across the region.'

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