Six new Wright StreetLite vehicles were launched by Reading Buses last week.
The 34-seater StreetLites have replaced Optare Solos, which were over a decade old, on the 19 and 19a Woodley routes, 27/29 Lower Caversham and the 142 Reading, Purley, Pangbourne, Woodcote and Checkendon.
Significantly, the entire municipally-owned operator’s fleet is now DDA compliant, with an average age of four years, making it one of the youngest and most modern in the UK.
James Freeman, chief executive of Reading Transport, which owns Reading Buses, said: “The StreetLite is a revolutionary midi bus, which meets our criteria for a vehicle with a new approach to design.
“It brings new thinking and a new level of technology and innovation to the small bus market, which is our requirement here in Reading.”
Sam McLaren, commercial director of Wrightbus, said: “It is extremely gratifying to have completed our first delivery of StreetLite midi buses to Reading.”