MP inspects new buses for the Fylde coast

Mark Menzies with Blackpool Transport managing director Jane Cole and service deliver director Bob Mason
Mark Menzies with Blackpool Transport managing director Jane Cole and service deliver director Bob Mason
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Mark Menzies MP said he was delighted to see a fleet of new state-of-the art buses set to hit Fylde’s streets.

Blackpool Transport hopes to replace its entire 140-bus service by 2020 and the Member of Parliament was given a tour of the first double-deckers off the assembly line.

The new Enviro400 City buses are low-emission vehicles which feature wood-effect flooring, leather seats, audio visual stop announcements, mobile phone charging points and free wifi.

And Mr Menzies said the £18m investment showed Blackpool Transport believed in providing a better experience for its customers, who make more than 20m journeys on local buses and trams each year.

He added: “The Fylde coast is famous for its public transport system and I am delighted the buses will now reflect the high quality rolling stock on the Blackpool tramway.

“As someone who sits on the Transport Select Committee in Parliament I am well aware of the positive affects investment on infrastructure and public transport can have on confidence in an area, as well as on its self-belief.”