Cardiff Bus launched its 30-strong fleet of brand new single-decker buses on Friday (November 22).
The shiny new fleet, a mixture of Euro 5 Mercedes-Benz Citaros and ADL Enviro 200s, represents a £3.5 million investment. The new buses have been acquired for use primarily on routes 38 (Heath hospital – city centre), 44/45 (St Mellons/Rumney – city centre) and 61 (Pentrebane – central bus station). However, Cardiff Bus told CBW they will also be used across the network as a whole.
All the new vehicles come complete with CCTV, contemporary fresh interiors, comfortable seating, low and wide floor access, dedicated wheelchair and buggy space, real-time information systems and audio and visual next stop announcements in both English and Welsh.
The new buses will not only make a huge difference to passengers in terms of comfort and reliability but will also further improve the operator’s environmental credentials.
Cardiff Bus Managing Director Cynthia Ogbonna said: “This investment supports our plans to improve our network, customer experience and environmental impact. It also demonstrates our commitment to providing a public transport network which rivals the best in the UK and is fitting for a dynamic European capital city.”
As recently featured in CBW, in addition to this latest investment, over the past two years Cardiff Bus has refurbished 108 buses as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to improve its fleet and service.
On that note, Cynthia commented: “This is a continuation of investment that has been happening over the last couple of years to improve the comfort, look and life of our current fleet. These new vehicles complement that investment in vehicle refurbishment which has been welcomed by customers.”