Arriva launches 44 deckers for Liverpool

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Arriva has invested £7m in a fleet of 44 Wright Gemini double deck buses for South Liverpool.

The vehicles will run on the 79 and 82 routes, with all of the buses operating by the end of the year.

Jim Barclay, director of resources for Merseytravel and Maria Eagle MP, joined Phil Stone from Arriva to celebrate the investment.

Phil Stone, managing director of Arriva North West and Wales, said: “This is a significant investment in the 79 and 82 routes and underlines our commitment to providing a fully accessible bus service in Merseyside.

“The new double deckers undoubtedly improve the condition and quality of our service in South Liverpool.”

Maria Eagle said “As a local MP and the shadow transport secretary, I know how important public transport is to people, and its impact on the local economy.

“I welcome the Quality Partnership on the 82 route which means people can use day or weekly tickets on either operator’s buses. These new buses make for a more pleasant journey for passengers and will benefit many people in South Liverpool.”