The 30 new double-deckers feature WiFi, USB charging features and passenger tables and operate on several services across Cornwall.
First Kernow has introduced a new £7.4m fleet of Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) Enviro400 MMC double-deckers.
All 30 of the new vehicles feature free WiFi, USB charging points and tables. They have entered service the operator’s network in Cornwall, on the U1/U2/U3 (Falmouth, Penryn, Truro) and 14/18 (Penzance, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Redruth, Truro) services.
The £7.4m investment represents the first stage of the bus operator’s long-term commitment to the region. The buses are fitted with Euro 6 engines and start-stop technology, which cuts the engine when a bus is stationary.
Acting on feedback from passengers, the company also decided to remove the screen that separates the driver from passengers for a more personable service.
Alex Carter, Managing Director of First Kernow, commented: “We are extremely proud to introduce these state-of-the-art brand-new buses into Cornwall.
“Our loyal customers have long awaited this major upgrade in the quality of vehicles which provide services on two of our key corridors. We’re sure the eye-catching appearance of the buses and the new technology will encourage those who don’t frequently use the bus to give it a try. The onboard WiFi and charging features will certainly prove popular with customers
old and new.”
He added: “These buses are the first stage of a strong programme of fleet and infrastructure investment in public transport with our Cornwall Council partner.
“We look forward to building on our strong relationship with the council and we’re already planning more innovative environmental solutions and service quality improvements