Around The UK: New buses slated, UK firsts and more

The artists impression of the new BYD double decker for London
Yet again, London is centre of the bus industry happenings this week with news of a revolutionary new addition coming soon. Chinese manufacturer BYD (Build Your Dreams) will supply the world's first purpose built pure-electric double deck bus in October. Boris Johnson provided a much more sensible comment to the press than the last one quoted on the blog; at the Clean Bus Summit he said  "The iconic red double-decker bus is about to become greener than ever. I could not be more pleased that London will play host to these exciting pure electric-double decker buses, and I'm sure the lucky users of route 16 will embrace it with gusto." The Mayor Of London also stated that by 2020, all single deck buses operating TfL services in central London will be zero-emission. The move to BYD comes after a successful trial of two pure-electric single deckers in central London since 2013. 

North to Carlisle, a brand new three million pound fleet of twenty six Optare Solos introduced by Stagecoach have been blasted by locals. Passengers have complained that they have had to wait forty five minutes for bus due to the fact they are much smaller, with less room for buggies and are often appearing overcrowded. It is also said that getting wheelchairs and buses onto the vehicles can be a struggle due to the right turn from the drivers cab into the main seating area.

First have announced plans to close three of its smaller depots across the UK; Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Hereford and Bracknell. Under the new plans, which are still subject to consultation and discussion, Bracknell depot will close from as early as August 28th of this year, with a small handful of routes - including Green Line and Legoland Windsor buses - being transferred to nearby Slough. From September 5th, if proposals go ahead, Newcastle-Under-Lyme will combine with Stoke Adderly Green depot. Due to relatively small passengers figures, Hereford would also close from September 5th. First have said that they will support the 222 or so members of staff who may be affected, with offers of transfers to other First operations in the UK, Reading Buses or Courtney Buses - who took over a number of First contracts in the Bracknell area.

Bus services in Lincolshire are under threat after the council deemed
figures for 2014 low.
In Lincoln, the Castle Shuttle service which was introduced earlier in the year is to be axed from October due to reportedly low demand. It has been reported by The Lincolnite that the service was predicted to have cost the county council over £200,000 and generated just short of £5,000 in ticket sales. Businessmen operating shops in the Steep Hill area of Lincoln and around the Castle have criticized the move saying if the service was advertised better it may have proved more popular. 

From Lincolnshire on the whole, locals have been urged to use or lose their local bus service. After statistics revealed just 16 million journeys were made last year, the County Council is to review the funding which is put behind services, particularly those which carry a small handful of passengers per journey.

In Edinburgh, a brand new fleet of Wright Streetdecks have entered service with Lothian Buses on the prestigious Airlink service. Over in the West Midlands, the very first Alexander Dennis Enviro200MMC has entered service with National Express.
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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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