Four new buses boost Scarborough to Helmsley service
Four new double-deck buses, together worth two-thirds of a million pounds, were given an official send-off today before going into service on Scarborough and District’s 128 route between Scarborough, Pickering and Helmsley, with an extension to the North York Moors at Sutton Bank in the summer.
The buses form part of the largest ever single order placed by the Hull-based EYMS Group which is putting 20 new double-decks onto bus routes in the area at a total cost of £3.3 million.
In turn that order forms part of a total of 30 new buses altogether worth £4.7 million being delivered to EYMS Group this year, including six new single-decks for the Scarborough Park and Ride services which start later this year.
The new buses for the 128 route also revive the ‘Valerider’ brand which was used for a short time on the route in the 90s, and the buses carry the Valerider logo and route details as part of the livery.
The Volvo buses have 74-seat bodies built by Wright’s of Northern Ireland and feature easy-access entry, are completely wheelchair-accessible, and have more comfortable seats with deeper cushions and headrests. 11 camera CCTV systems are fitted covering both inside and outside the buses for passenger safety and security.
EYMS chairman Peter Shipp said, “All these new buses make travel much easier and more pleasant for our passengers, and provide our drivers with better working conditions. They also make a major contribution to the environment as all new buses are built to ever more demanding standards which significantly reduce the amount of harmful exhaust emissions. I am delighted to say that our latest buses also show better fuel economy than other recent deliveries which is definitely a step in the right direction given the soaring cost of diesel.”
In two or three months these buses will also become the first in the EYMS fleet to be fitted with media screens which are monitors which will display pictures generated by the on-bus CCTV interspersed with advertisements and promotional material. Being linked to the on-bus GPS system this equipment will know where the bus is at any time so can be programmed to feature attractions en route as the bus actually approaches them.
The brief ‘launch’ ceremony was held today at the company’s Westwood premises in Scarborough, and was attended by representatives of Scarborough Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, the North York Moors National Park Authority and Volvo Bus.
The buses they replace on the 128 route are being cascaded onto the summer seasonal 120 route between Bridlington and Scarborough which, therefore, becomes operated by easy-access, wheelchair-accessible buses for the first time. Because of the massive £36 million vehicle investment by EYMS since it came under sole ownership in 1997 two-thirds of the East Yorkshire/Scarborough and District bus fleet is now wheelchair-accessible. This has meant an increasing number of routes across the area becoming much more ‘user-friendly’ for bus passengers.
Issued by PETER SHIPP
Chairman and Chief Executive
EYMS Group Limited
2 May 2008