Lancashire United launches rebranded X41

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The refurbished Wrightbus Gemini-bodied Volvo B7s have been given new Red Express branding
The refurbished Wrightbus Gemini-bodied Volvo B7s have been given new Red Express branding

Transdev subsidiary launches more refurbished former route 36 Geminis

Lancashire United, part of Transdev Blazefield, has launched a new bus service called Red Express in Accrington.

Launched on Friday, April 1, the new brand is to be used for the improved X41 route, which runs between Blackburn, Accrington, Haslingden and Manchester. The service runs every 30 minutes.

The buses have a bright new look, with a red and blue livery design, and feature WiFi, USB power pint at every seat and coach-style leather seats on board.

The vehicles are refurbished Wrightbus Gemini-bodied Volvo B7s, formerly used on the X36 service. Another batch of the same vehicles recently started operating on Transdev’s CityZap service which went live on Easter Sunday (CBW1232).

Alex Hornby, Transdev Blazefield CEO, said: “The new look Red Express is further evidence of our plans to revitalise local bus travel and enhance our customers’ journey experience.

“We have put in serious effort to make the buses great places to be – being high-specified with a range of creature comforts to make travelling a pleasure.

“Research also tells us that customers like being greeted by a friendly face, so we have focused a dedicated team of drivers on the Red Express, taking them on their fast journeys between Blackburn, Accrington and Manchester. It’s the ideal way for Lancashire to connect to the big city.”