First invests in StreetDeck fleet for Rotherham

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(L-r) Joy Devine, Operations Manager, First Rotherham, Cllr Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, and Chris Roberts, Principal Public Transport Manager, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
(L-R) Joy Devine, Operations Manager, First Rotherham, Cllr Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, and Chris Roberts, Principal Public Transport Manager, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive

£5m investment in 22 vehicles marks the latest development in the Rotherham Bus Partnership

A total of 22 new vehicles have been unveiled in Rotherham following a £5m investment by First South Yorkshire.

The new double-decker, Wrightbus StreetDeck vehicles were launched at an event on Effingham Square by Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott.

As well as a special livery and new internal look, all the buses are fitted with eco-leather seating and come with USB charging points. The new buses are all Department for Transport low carbon certified and are fitted with Euro 6 engines.

The new vehicles are part of an ongoing investment commitment by First South Yorkshire as part of the Rotherham Bus Partnership. The partnership is delivering improvements in customer service and value-for-money to help attract more people onto public transport. The new buses operate on the Sheffield – Rotherham – Doncaster X78 route.

Kevin Belfield, Managing Director of First South Yorkshire, said: “Our investment of over £5m in 22 new vehicles is great news for our customers and underlines our continuing commitment to provide ever better bus services as part of the Rotherham Bus Partnership work and encourage more people to travel by bus. These new vehicles are among the best and most eco-friendly in South Yorkshire.

“Passengers can enjoy pleasant, more comfortable journeys and keep connected on the move with new USB charging points, while supporting the efforts of our local authority partners to improve air quality for all.”

Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: “These buses are a real boost for Rotherham. First South Yorkshire’s vehicle investment not only provides greener and more comfortable bus services, it makes travelling by public transport an exciting prospect.

“I have no doubt residents will welcome these improvements – we hope it will encourage more people to take the bus and to visit Rotherham town centre and see for themselves why we were voted as having Britain’s best town centre High Street.”