Bolton gets £2 million bus fleet
A NEW £2 million fleet of eco-friendly buses has hit the streets of Bolton.
The borough is the first area of Greater Manchester to take delivery of bus company First’s 12 new single deck buses, which comply with tough EU environment rules, and cost £180,000 each.
The vehicles are all fitted with Wi-Fi and are being put into service on the 501 route from Chorley Old Road to Farnworth via Royal Bolton Hospital.
Matt Rawlinson, depot manager for First in Bolton, said: “This investment is a major boost for Bolton and demonstrates our commitment to improving services for our customers by working closely with all our partners.
“These vehicles are the latest in terms of being efficient, environmentally-friendly and being comfortable for passengers and are another example of how we are placing Bolton at the forefront of our Greater Manchester operations.
“They provide a credible alternative to car journeys, offering people choice when they are travelling around Bolton.”
All of the new ADL Enviro 300 buses are fitted with the latest EU approved Euro 5 engines that significantly reduce the level of CO2 emissions.
Euro 5 is a tough set of rules set by the European Union that regulate emission levels for heavy duty vehicles.
The firm said the modern buses that currently operate on the 501 service will be moved to other routes in Bolton, replacing older buses and ensuring its fleet in Bolton is 100 per cent low floor access.
The buses have low floor access, which the firm says will make it easier for parents with pushchairs, wheelchair users and the elderly to get on and off the bus, and are also equipped with interior and exterior CCTV.
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