MP inspects new buses for the Fylde coast

Mark Menzies MP said he was delighted to see a fleet of new state-of-the art buses set to hit Fylde's streets.

Tuesday, 19th July 2016, 1:30 pm
Mark Menzies with Blackpool Transport managing director Jane Cole and service deliver director Bob Mason

Blackpool Transport hopes to replace its entire 140-bus service by 2020 and the Member of Parliament was given a tour of the first double-deckers off the assembly line.

The new Enviro400 City buses are low-emission vehicles which feature wood-effect flooring, leather seats, audio visual stop announcements, mobile phone charging points and free wifi.

And Mr Menzies said the £18m investment showed Blackpool Transport believed in providing a better experience for its customers, who make more than 20m journeys on local buses and trams each year.

He added: “The Fylde coast is famous for its public transport system and I am delighted the buses will now reflect the high quality rolling stock on the Blackpool tramway.

“As someone who sits on the Transport Select Committee in Parliament I am well aware of the positive affects investment on infrastructure and public transport can have on confidence in an area, as well as on its self-belief.”