New Enviro 400s for Stagecoach Lakeland route

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A scenic Stagecoach bus route in the Lake District has benefited from a £1.5m investment in nine new buses.

The new ADL Enviro 400-bodied Scanias have entered service on route 555, which links the city of Lancaster in Lancashire with Grasmere in Cumbria. The vehicles have replaced old Trident 2s.

The route has been branded ‘555 Freedom of the Lakes’, with each of the dedicated buses named after a famous mountain in the Lake District, including Coniston Old Man, Langdale Pikes and Helvellyn.

Nigel Winter, MD of Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire, said: “This is a significant investment in one of our most picturesque and popular routes, which serves Lancaster through to Keswick via Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere.

“We have renamed the service 555 Freedom of the Lakes to reflect what is arguably the most scenic route that Stagecoach runs. The new buses will compliment the very best of the British countryside, with their distinctive green livery.”