New British-built buses for Southampton

10 months ago Wed 22nd Jul 2020

A photo of a new bluestar bus with our managing director, Andrew, with Southampton City Councillor, Steve.

Representatives from our team were joined in Bitterne by Southampton City Councillor Steve Leggett - cabinet member for green city and place - to unveil three new British-built Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 MMC vehicles.

Part of our investment in the region’s sustainable transport - with an impressive 111 brand new vehicles added to its fleet during the last five years - each of the buses sports the latest Euro 6 low emissions engine, the cleanest standard for diesel.

“It is particularly pertinent that we unveiled these low emissions vehicles at one of the city’s newly introduced bus lanes,” said managing director, Andrew Wickham.

“The decision by Southampton City Council to embrace green and efficient public transport - including the introduction of the new bus lanes - will help to ensure services are frequent, reliable, and well-used here.

“This, in turn, leads to further investment in new and cleaner buses for the city. This particular expenditure was made prior to lockdown, and we are pleased to be introducing the vehicles to our customers in Southampton now. One positive to come from the past four months, is that the area’s congestion has greatly reduced. 

“This is a chance for us to build on that. We want to encourage local people to leave their cars at home and travel on sustainable transport with the government continuing to ease lockdown.

“These double decker buses represent more than £500K investment and have the potential to take a number of cars off the road - even whilst social distancing measures are in place. Not only do they offer additional comfort for our passengers - with comfy ‘coach’ style seats, tables on the upper deck, and on-board technology like USB charging points and contactless payment facilities - they are greener than ever.  “Our team is very much looking forward to welcoming people on-board as they travel to work, shops and to social occasions.”

Councillor Steve Leggett added: “Southampton City Council is working closely with our bus operators to ensure a high quality and reliable bus transport service for the residents of Southampton, both now and in the future. We welcome Bluestar’s support as we partner to support the city’s post COVID-19 economic recovery. Bluestar’s investment in a comfortable, low emission fleet of buses demonstrates their commitment both to the long-term transport needs of Southampton residents and key workers and our vision of a cleaner, healthier city.”

We look forward to welcoming you on board soon, and hope that you enjoy our new buses as much as we do.