Trent Barton is investing £3.5m in new buses, which will go into service from November.
The 22 new Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) buses Enviro200s will be utilised on the operator’s mickleover and nines services. The nines link Derby and Mansfield, with the routes including Ripley, Alfreton and Sutton.
The new Enviro200s will feature wood effect flooring, LED lighting, visual and audio next-stop announcements and extra legroom for passengers. They will also include free superfast WiFi and USB power at every seat.
The buses will also have two multimedia shelves on board, so customers can comfortably work or play while charging their devices on the move.
The ADL Enviro200s have more seats than previous Trent Barton vehicles of the same lengths. The operator has ordered eight 11.8m vehicles, seating 42, and 14 that are 10.8m long with 38 seats. All the seats will have leather headrests.
Jeff Counsell, Managing Director of Trent Barton, said: “We can’t wait to get these new vehicles on the road.
“We’ve worked closely with our friends at ADL to take these buses to a whole new level and offer passengers something exciting and unique. We’re confident in saying that these buses will be the best in the country.”
ADL will build the new buses at its Scarborough factory, which also assembled the nine Plaxton Elite coaches, which joined Trent Barton’s red arrow fleet last year.
Richard Matthews, Sales Director at ADL, said: “It’s been a real pleasure to work in close collaboration with the Trent Barton team to specify the best buses for them, their staff and their customers.
“We’re sure that the finished buses will set new customer experience standards and surpass expectations.”