£1.75 million investment in buses for Hull
The local bus company East Yorkshire Motor Services has today announced that it has placed an order for another ten new double-deck buses, at a cost of around £1.75 million, to be used to further improve the quality of its bus services in and around Hull.
The buses are due for delivery very early next year, and they will allow the company to complete the conversion of all its main routes in Hull to low-floor buses with wheelchair access.
EYMS chairman Peter Shipp said today, “this further big order for yet more modern double-deck buses will allow us to achieve what we have been trying to do for some time, that is making all our main “all day” routes fully accessible and operated by modern low-floor comfortable buses. I hope that the order will demonstrate our continuing commitment to invest as much as we can afford to improve the quality of the service we offer to the public in Hull and the East Riding.”
The buses will be almost identical to the 40 buses already delivered to EYMS in the last 18 months, but will be built to the very latest EU emissions standards which come into effect on 1 October this year, further reducing harmful exhaust emissions to an extremely low level.
They will also feature internal and external CCTV cameras for safety and passenger security, and the more comfortable seats which EYMS now specifies as standard on its new buses.
This brings a total of £42 million that the group has invested in new buses and coaches in the last 12 years since the company came into sole private ownership in 1997.
It also means that almost three-quarters of the entire EYMS fleet will be wheelchair accessible, well ahead of targets set by the government.
The main routes to benefit will include 151 group running between Hull and the Anlaby and Kirkella areas, and the last two routes between Hull and Hornsea.
NOTE TO TRADE PRESS EDITORS
The order is for ten Volvo B9B chassis with Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini 2 double decks, seating 74, and almost identical to the 70 Volvo/Wright buses that have entered the East Yorkshire and Finglands fleets since 2005, except these will have Euro5 standard engines and the ‘new look’ front design that was also on the last ten similar buses delivered earlier this year.
Issued by PETER SHIPP
Chairman and Chief Executive
9 September 2009
The last batch of new buses, ready to serve the Willerby routes in Hull.