On the (Gold) buses – Stagecoach upgrades 471 and 472 vehicles

By Mark Gorton at

Passengers who use Stagecoach buses to travel the route between Heswall and Liverpool are benefiting from a £4 million investment made by the company in its fleet.

The company, which operates over 400 buses across Merseyside, Cheshire and South Lancashire, will boost its fleet by 18 vehicles in total, and the investment brings 7 new Gold buses to the 471 and 472 routes from Heswall to Liverpool.

These luxury buses, says Stagecoach, feature hand stitched Italian-designed leather seats; friendly, uniformed drivers; Euro 6 standard engines complete with stop/start technology to help cut exhaust gas emissions; free Wi-Fi; and new interior design which includes noise-reducing moquette fabric.

Rob Jones, managing director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: “Stagecoach is committed to continually investing in our fleet in the Liverpool city region – ensuring we deliver sustainable, comfortable, high-specification vehicles to our customers; providing them with a first-class experience.

“I am delighted that we are growing our Gold bus outreach in the region, adding to existing Gold buses that currently run between Liverpool and Chester.”

Stagecoach’s Rob Jones with Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham and Cllr Liam Robinson

Stagecoach Bus is one of the UK’s major employers, supporting around 24,000 jobs across the UK and 1,209 jobs in Merseyside and South Lancashire. Over 200 people have completed apprenticeships with Stagecoach since 2004 and the company currently employs around 150 apprentices.  All Stagecoach vehicles are fitted with eco-driving systems which lower emissions and the company has shown the biggest commitment to using 100 per cent biofuel of any UK bus operator.

Stagecoach is part of Liverpool City Region’s Bus Alliance, a partnership between Liverpool’s biggest bus operators and Merseytravel. The Alliance is focussed on quality of vehicles and customer service, value for money journeys and straightforward travel from simple fare structures to easy to understand journey planning and a clear, simple bus network.

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