East Coast Buses, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lothian Buses has invested over £3m in fifteen brand new Wrightbus Euro 6 single deck vehicles, for residents and visitors to the East Lothian County.
Working in close partnership with Wrightbus on both build and design and further developing the existing Lothian Buses bespoke design; these Euro 6 single deck vehicles feature the new standardised interior trim, accented in the East Coast Buses brand.
Richard Hall, Managing Director for Lothian Buses said: “We are delighted to once again be working in partnership with Wrightbus to offer our customers a unique, high quality, bespoke vehicle, which has been specifically designed with their comfort and safety in mind.
“From concept to reality, every element of these vehicles has been reviewed in detail to ensure that our customers are able to travel in a warm and comfortable environment. Our investment in these vehicles shows our continued commitment to the local community, building on our promise to provide the county with a first class service.”
These custom built vehicles feature the latest Euro 6 Volvo B8RLE chassis and are fitted with USB charging points, upgraded heating systems, as well as five glass roof panels, specially coated in UV protection to create a bright saloon area. Two tone wood effect flooring and significantly improved lighting with the introduction of spot lights and centre roof strip lighting, accented in a mild green effect add to the interior ambience. The vehicles also feature under seat warm white lighting and puddle lighting on the entrance taking in to consideration the rural areas where customers board and alight.
These new two-axle single door vehicles with two tier luggage racks are the first ever Wrightbus single decker’s to feature the new stealth designed front and at 13.2m long they are also the longest single deck vehicles they have ever produced. The specification accommodates 40-seated passengers with an overall capacity of 79.
Sam McLaren, Commercial Director for Wrightbus commented: “We are delighted to now be delivering this important launch order of Eclipse 3 single deck buses to Lothian Buses. Lothian Buses are well recognised as an innovative bus operator and it is gives our company great pleasure to know that they have been quick to endorse the new look product and Wrightbus as a long term business partner.”
East Coast Buses has also invested in high quality seating for customers due to the average length of time a customer will spend on board. Lazzerini’s GTS 3600, accented in grey leather to enhance the East Coast Buses moquette used in the inner seat panels, along with arm rests have been installed on all vehicles to enhance customer comfort. Seating arrangements on board are also different to that of a normal single deck vehicle in the form of a tiered theatre effect to create better visibility, including in the low floor area.
Each vehicle also features two multi-media screens from Hanover Display. One will display next stop/service information; while the other will feature news feeds and twitter updates.
Each vehicle is double glazed and feature white Hanover Display destination screens, showing sharp, bright, clear route destinations and numbers, while alloy wheels create a signature overall external appearance.
The company, which carries over 60,000 passengers per week, recently announced improved service changes, taking effect on 23rd April, which will see key routes extended and the introduction of an express service between North Berwick and Edinburgh city centre.