Stagecoach East Midland’ s InterConnect 6 service between Skegness, Horncastle and Lincoln has been upgraded with five new ADL Enviro400-bodied Scanias in a £700,000 investment.
The buses, which feature leather seats and Euro 5 engines, were officially launched by the Mayor of Skegness Steve Kirk and Gary Nolan, Stagecoach East Midlands MD, on March 29.
Four of the buses, each liveried with local scenes, were lined up on the seafront for the ceremony which took place in the warm weather.
Cllr William Webb, portfolio holder for transport at the County Council, praised the collaboration between Stagecoach and Lincolnshire CC, which over 15 years has seen the route go from six times a day with mid-life vehicles to hourly frequency with new buses.
Nolan said: “InterConnect 6 is one of our real success stories, the new luxury buses complete with leather seats, a dedicated team of drivers and more room for buggies will take this to the next level.”
After a town tour on which the dignitaries were impressed by the legroom and top-deck views, the first of the buses was driven to Skegness Interchange for passengers on the 1300hrs departure to enjoy. Acting operations manager Mark Mageean and engineering manager Karl Vernon were joined by operations manager David Conway, on a break from his secondment to Stagecoach UK Bus Events, in welcoming the passengers with drinks and cakes.