Arriva has announced a £13.4m investment in nine of its routes in Leicester.
Approximately 50% of Arriva’s entire Leicester fleet is to receive a major upgrade, either through vehicle refurbishment or punctuality improvements, with improvements already seen to routes 47/48 (Wigston circular), 58/58A (Hamilton and Netherhall), 53/53A (Thurnby Lodge) and 158 (Nuneaton).
Improvements are expected in the run up to Autumn this year, with customers expecting to see the enhancements gradually take shape across the network, with all improved routes being emblazoned with giant stars once work is complete.
Simon Mathieson, Area Managing Director for Arriva East Midlands, explained: “We always aim to provide the best service possible for our customers where and when they most need it, but we recognised that many of our Leicester routes were in need of a revamp to bring them up to the high standards that our customers deserve.
“We are committed to showcasing just how great bus travel can be, and in doing so, not only giving something back to our regular customers, but also hopefully encouraging many more to take a closer look.”
Each of the nine routes, 81 vehicles in total, will be assessed individually for the improvements they require, be that new seating, WiFi, or additional buses added to the timetables to boost punctuality and frequency where needed.
The routes set for improvements are the 50/50A (Narborough and Croft), 84/85 (Lutterworth), 126 (Coalville), 14 (New Parks), and 49/49A/49B (South Wigston and Kibwoth).