All 37 of the new buses purchased by Southern Vectis for the renewed Isle of Wight Council school bus contract have now been introduced into the fleet. The firm has recently received 20 ADL Enviro400s in a new distinctive ‘Vectis Blue’ livery which join 17 Optare Solo SRs delivered in October.
The new double deckers are equipped with CCTV, seatbelts, digital destination displays and provide low floor easy access with space to carry a wheelchair following an investment of £5.8m by the Go-Ahead Group owned bus operator.
Andrew Wickham, Managing Director of the Go Ahead Group’s bus and coach operations in south, said the company is delighted to unveil the new buses to support the eight-year contract.
“We are really pleased to be able to offer these safer and more environmentally friendly vehicles to carry many of the island’s children to and from schools,” he said. “The new buses will also be available for private hire when they are not required for school runs.”