New ‘cleaner engine’ buses come to town

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A new fleet of Stagecoach buses worth £1.3 million are to hit the streets of Eastbourne next week.

The 11 new Enviro 200 single decker buses are bigger than their predecessors with interiors that are better designed for accommodating pushchairs.

As well as being roomier, the new buses feature a new livery and have Euro Five specification engines, which represent the very latest in clean engine technology, cutting carbon emissions and reducing the environmental impact of the service.

The buses will serve the Eastbourne Loop – a circular route serving the town centre, hospital, Willingdon Trees, Hampden Park, Winkney Farm and Langney.

There will be a chance to take a sneak peak at one of new buses and receive some Loop freebies next Thursday afternoon (August 8) as a bus will be on show in Terminus Road. An official launch event will take place next Friday (August 9) at Sovereign Harbour and will be attended by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd and the Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Mike Thompson.

Philip Norwell, managing director of Stagecoach in East Sussex, said, “This £1.3 million investment demonstrates our commitment to providing quality bus travel in Eastbourne as well as helping us reduce our carbon footprint.

“The new bus fleet is great news for Loop passengers, particularly for those who are disabled or are parents with young children as the new interiors provide more room for wheelchair users and pushchairs.”

Stagecoach will offering journeys on the new buses at a discounted rate by sending out vouchers for £2 day tickets or £4 family tickets to almost 30,000 households in the town.

The Eastbourne Loop runs up to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays. Call 0871 200 22 33 or visit stagecoachbus.com/eastsussex for times.