Wednesday 16 December 2020

Transdev Launch New Enviro's on Witchway Route

Transdev have launched 14 British built buses packed with high-tech luxury features launch this Sunday between Burnley and Manchester

Transdev say "They’re the ultimate in complete, connected and comfortable travel, and they’re on their way to revolutionise journeys in the North West – with a little help from one of the best-loved stars of TV soapland!

Actress Jennie McAlpine is providing the voice to welcome customers on the new Witchway express buses between East Lancashire and the heart of Manchester.

We're investing £3.8 million in our new fleet of 14 stunning double deck vehicles, proudly built in Britain to our all-new Sky Class specification, which offers the most sumptuous selection of high-end luxury features ever seen on Britain’s local buses.

The new buses enter service from Sunday (13 December 2020) on our fast and frequent Witchway route linking Burnley and Rawtenstall with Manchester up to every 15 minutes – and TV soap star Jennie says they’re sure to be a hit!"

Jennie said:

“These Witchway buses are amazing – there are so many features packed inside every bus, it’s just like flying first class, with all the luxury anyone could ever want to go in style. I’m so proud to be the warm Northern voice welcoming everyone on board these fantastic new buses, and hopefully making sure no-one misses their stop!”

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said:

“We make it our mission to create buses that people want to be seen on. The new Witchway – and our new, unique Sky Class specification –raises the bar higher than ever in both comfort and style, all amounting to a journey experience like no other.

“British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis describes them as the highest specification they’ve ever been asked to build, and that was our vision from concept to reality.

“Already our customers and colleagues have described these amazing new buses as something more befitting what they would expect from a five-star hotel, which we know will complement the friendly welcome from our Witchway team that we’re already famous for.

“We know people have a choice in how they travel, and we believe the new Sky Class features will attract many new faces to join the regulars who already use Witchway every day."

“Witchway is a net contributor to economic growth in our communities and has a reputation of driving up house prices along the route as commuters return to the city post-pandemic. Buses can and should have that power, importance and respect when they are presented and pitched to meet the demands of new and current customers – and we have bold ambition to be the driver behind positive economic and environmental change in 2021 and beyond.”

The Sky Class specification on the new Witchway buses brings new levels of comfort and sophistication to the popular Witchway service, run by us with our own dedicated team of friendly drivers.

On the outside, renowned public transport design agency Best Impressions has created a bold new image for Witchway based on its traditional colours of orange and black, and complete with a signature Pendle Witches icon to reflect East Lancashire’s pride in its past, present and future.

Meanwhile on the inside, a new world of Sky Class luxury awaits, including:

· High-comfort luxury seating, with leather head rests in Witchway’s signature orange

· A choice of traditional duo and individual lounge seating, offering extra choice, space and style

· Spacious group and twin tables – ideal for the family to enjoy the journey together or for easy, comfortable workspaces

· Double glazing with tinted glass for privacy, class and a more relaxing travel experience

· Wireless and USB mobile device charging at every seat

· Superfast and free Wi-Fi to stay connected every inch of the way

· Low emission engines – meeting and beating the toughest environmental standards

· Full colour next stop displays showing live bus and rail connections at key calling points

· Witchway Book Club – with a great selection of reading books always at hand

· Contactless payments – swift and secure, with money-saving ticket options for everyone

· A glass ceiling to let in the Lancashire sunshine – and gaze at the stars when night falls

· The friendly voice of TV soap star Jennie McAlpine, announcing next stops and key information throughout the journey

The new Witchway buses are based on the proven ADL E400MMC double decker, built in Britain by ADL, the country’s biggest and most successful bus manufacturer. The new fleet is expected to cover one million miles every year – and will be driven and maintained by the team of 120 colleagues at Queensgate depot.

The Witchway route makes great connections with the network of local and regional services at Burnley and Rawtenstall bus stations, and with bus, tram and rail services in Manchester city centre. 

Full details of times and value fare options for day, week or longer travel on Witchway and the Transdev network are available online here or on the free to download Transdev Go mobile app.