State-of-the art buses are just the ticket

Reporter:

Hayley Collins

BUS users can now travel in style.

Two state-of-the-art buses have been launched on the X44 service between Mold, Buckley, Hawarden, Chester Business Park and Chester Railway Station.

The new Optare Versa buses provide easy access and are kitted out with leather seats, Wi-Fi connection and electronic scrolling destination displays.

Additional safety features include CCTV and a new design non-accessible driver’s cab, ensuring protection for drivers.

The buses have been made possible thanks to investment from transport body Taith and Arriva Buses Wales.

Flintshire Council deputy leader Tony Sharps, who is also Taith chairman, said: “These strengthened transport links are the very foundation of our economy and will ensure local people have access to the latest in public transport facilities.

“I take pride as chairman of Taith to have secured the funding to not only maintain but also to improve our strategically important transport links, which are vital to keep our local economy moving.”

The jointly-funded scheme between Arriva Buses Wales and Taith will also see improvements to services 10 and 12 between Connah’s Quay, Deeside and Chester.

Michael Morton, managing director of Arriva Buses, said: “This five year commitment between Arriva and Taith complements Arriva’s long term strategy to provide the latest in easy access, high quality service vehicles that offer the very latest in passenger comfort and convenience.

“If you have not yet travelled on one of the new modern service vehicles I would highly recommend you do so. When the cost of fuel is rising so steeply, it now, more than ever, pays to use the bus instead of the car.”

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