Around the UK: Swansea ftr cut, Barbi and more

The fleet of two man operated Wright Streetcars are to be axed
from Swasea on "economic factors" (Swansea Evening Post)
The biggest news coming in this week comes from Swansea, where First Cymru has announced they are to withdraw their sixty one foot long Wright Streetcars on their 'ftrmetro' service. First have blamed the move on "economic factors", including poor fuel economy and having to employ a driver and a host (Due to the driver's cab being separate from the rest of the bus). First Cyrmu's managing director commented to press saying that the buses can only do around three miles per gallon, compared to other vehicles in the fleet which can do as many as ten. Furthermore, it was also claimed that the buses were in their "mid-life stage", and they were in need of refurbishment both seating-wise and technologically. Swansea locals have not reacted well, criticising the move for being a complete waste of money. The buses, which were launched just six years ago in 2009, represented a £14 million investment by First and the Assembly Government. Moreover, the local council spent £10 million on accommodating the buses in the city centre, which took almost three years and was slandered for the effect it had on local businesses.

It Bracknell, it emerged just yesterday that First has lost the contract to operate the network of Bracknell Forest Council's subsidised services from Sunday 12th July. Taking on the contracts the following day is Courtney Buses, who the council say will help them to provide a wider network and at a greater value for money.

The new Galilieo HDH from Barbi (Barbi stock image)
On the delivery front, B.A.S.E Coach Sales has made delivery of the first 13.8 metre Barbi Galilieo HDH to its sister company Holemeswood Coaches. Barbi were formed in 1905 by Galileo Barbi, who the new range is named after, and has established themselves to be Italy's premium coach bodybuilder. The new Galilieo HDH is based on the Euro6 MAN RR4 chassis and boasts 20 cubic metres of luggage space, 60 litre passenger fridge, 32kw air conditioning and the option of a wheelchair lift. Also available from B.A.S.E is the 10.35 metre Galileo HD and 12.2 metre Galileo HDL.

One final note is that next week is the nationally noted Catch The Bus Week. Hundreds of operators and organisations are on board this year, many of which are offering discounted travel during the week in hope of promoting the benefits of bus travel in Great Britain.
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About Kieran Smith

Norwich Buses Blog was founded in December 2013 by Sam Larke after he left another popular blog, Norwich Bus Page. Since it's launch, the site has grown dramatically, especially whilst written solely by Kieran Smith during 2015. The blog is now in it's third year and we look forward to more success and growth in the future. If you think you'd make a good writer for Norwich Buses Blog, please do get in touch via email: samuel.larke@gmail.com
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