A fleet of six newStagecoachbuses costing £700,000 have taken to the road in Barnsley.
The single decker Townlines-branded buses were launched by award-winning Barnsley-born DJ Simon Hirst at a special event in Peel Square, Barnsley.
TheADLEnviro 200 buses have been introduced on Stagecoach’s service one Barnsley – Wakefield Road – Mapplewell – Staincross.
As part of Stagecoach’s commitment to providing disabled passengers and wheelchair and buggy users with the highest standards of comfort and accesibility, the buses are low-floor for easy access.
Bus lover Simon, who presents Hirsty's Daily Dose onCapital FM, said: “The new buses look really smart. It is great for the people of Barnsley to be able to travel around the town and nearby where I grew up on such modern public transport.”
At the launch event, members of the public were entertained by Barnsley musician Dave Cherry, stilt walkers and jugglers. They could also pick up Stagecoach goody bags, tour the new buses and find out more about Townlines services.
Paul Lynch, managing director, Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We are extremely proud to launch these fantastic new buses in Barnsley.
“Not only do they have a modern, welcoming and comfortable interior, but the low entry and wide gangway make it much easier for passengers in wheelchairs or those travelling with buggies to access this service.”
It brings Stagecoach’s investment in new vehicles in the last two months to £2.7milion. Earlier in September, the leading operator unveiled eight new buses for service 25 in Sheffield costing almost £1million. In August, £1.1million was invested in six new buses fitted with free Wi-Fi internet access for route 43, which connects Sheffield and Chesterfield via Dronfield.