Saturday, 11 February 2012

On Friday February 8th, a fleet of new Wright Gemini buses that have been acquired at a cost of £8m by transport firm Arriva Yorkshire were displayed at Temple Newsam House.
They were on show to highlight what the company says will be their “huge impact” on services in the White Rose county.
The fleet’s 41 double-deckers and two single-deckers boast low emission engines, brand-new ticket machines and CCTV equipment.
39 of the 41 were shown at the event, the fleet numbers were as follows.
1508, 1529, 1540, 1516, 1521, 1523, 1519, 1525, 1520, 1510, 1528, 1515, 1526, 1512, 1538, 1517, 1527, 1537, 1536, 1542, 1546, 1514, 1518, 1524, 1544, 1535, 1530, 1534, 1531, 1532, 1533, 1513, 1543, 1539, 1541, 1511, 1522, 1547, 1545.

1548 and 1509 have yet to be delivered.

Managing director Nigel Featham said: 'We're really proud to be able to offer our valued customers a newer, improved level of service through our investment in the fleet.
'The new vehicles can accommodate buggies, helping busy families get around easier and we are putting a lot of effort into ensuring everyone's journey experience is enhanced.'
After yesterday’s photoshoot, the buses were pressed straight into service on some of Arriva’s key routes, including the 110 (Hall Green-Wakefield-Leeds) 126/127 (Wakefield-Ossett-Dewsbury) and 229 (Huddersfield-Heckmondwike-Leeds).

Schoolchildren from Sherburn Hungate Community Primary and Dewsbury’s St Josephs Catholic Primary travelled to Temple Newsam in two of the new buses and took part in yesterday's showcase by lifting up 8ft-high letters spelling out ‘We Are Yorkshire’.