Go North East, the region’s largest bus company, has announced a £12 million investment in 54 high-specification environmentally-friendly buses to help revolutionise bus travel across the region.
The order includes the region’s first latest generation zero-emissions full electric single-deck buses, with 9 now confirmed from the world’s largest electric bus manufacturer, Yutong, as well as 34 of the latest low-emission Euro 6 engined double-deck buses and 11 single-deck buses from Wrightbus in Ballymena and Alexander Dennis Limited.
The buses will start to enter service from September, with the electric buses arriving in July next year. The double-deckers will be part of the bus operator’s recently announced ‘X-lines’ concept for its fastest and most direct commuter and express traveller services into the North East’s cities including Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland.
Many of Tthe buses will feature comfortable high-backed seating, modern coffee shop style interiors with tables, at-seat USB charging points, free Wi-Fi and next stop audio and visual passenger information systems.