Trent Barton launches E200 fleet for skylink service

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Trent Barton has added nine new buses to its skylink Nottingham service to and from East Midlands Airport, representing an investment of more than £1m.

The new Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) Enviro200 single-deckers feature LED lighting, audio-visual next-stop announcements, free WiFi and USB power at every seat. They are expected to be in services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Jeff Counsell, Managing Director at Trent Barton, said: “These fantastic new buses bring a truly first class experience to what is already a flagship service. They have been designed to make time spent on board both productive and pleasurable.

“These buses are also some of the greenest diesel vehicles money can buy, and they’re driven by the best in the business, with our drivers ranked number one in the country in the latest independent customer survey conducted by Transport Focus.”

The new buses were launched at Nottingham’s Old Market Square, with Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood (Labour) among the members of the public attending.

Lilian said: “The new buses are very smart and skylink’s customers will find the new features very useful as they travel to and from the airport.

“It’s great to see a local company such as Trent Barton investing in cleaner buses and in a key service such as skylink which gets people to work and gets travellers to East Midlands Airport and home again.”

The skylink services are supported by East Midlands Airport, which has invested in public transport for over a decade.

Jonathan Fowler, East Midlands Airport’s Customer Services Director, said: “We serve a large population who travel to us not only to fly, but to work at the airport site. Ease of access is really important and it is critical that the airport is well-served by quality and frequent public transport.

“We’re delighted that Trent Barton has invested in a new fleet of skylink buses so that customers using them to travel to and from the airport can do so in greater comfort.”