MP given tour of new Fylde bus fleet

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Mark Menzies MP said he was delighted to see a fleet of new state-of-the art buses set to hit Fylde’s streets.

Blackpool Transport hopes to replace its entire 140-bus service by 2020 and the Member of Parliament was last week given a tour of the first double-deckers off the assembly line.

The new Enviro400 City buses are next-generation, low-emission vehicles which feature wood-effect flooring, leather seats, audio visual stop announcements, mobile phone charging points and free wifi throughout.

And Mr Menzies said the £18m investment by the company showed Blackpool Transport believed in providing a better experience for its customers, who make more than 20m journeys on local buses and trams each year.

He added: “The Fylde coast is famous for its public transport system and I am delighted the buses will now reflect the high quality rolling stock on the Blackpool tramway after the huge investment which was made to bring that service into the 21st Century.

“As someone who sits on the Transport Select Committee in Parliament I am well aware of the positive affects investment on infrastructure and public transport can have on confidence in an area, as well as on its self-belief.

“Evidence has also shown that if you provide people with higher quality public transport they are more likely to use it and the environmental benefits of that speak for themselves.

“Transport for London recently made a huge investment bringing in a fleet of new London Routemasters, and I would put these new Blackpool Transport buses up against those vehicles any day.

“I look forward to seeing Blackpool Transport’s entire fleet brought up to date as these buses are a rolling advertisement for an area which is on the up.”

The news comes, however, as Fylde struggles with the affects of Lancashire County Council’s decision to cut subsidies for rural services, which has had a huge impact on those living in some of the county’s most remote areas.

Mr Menzies added: “While it is great to see this kind of investment in our rolling stock, we cannot forget those people who have lost access to vital services, which is having a major impact on their ability to access employment, education and health services.

“I have been one of Lancashire County Council’s most vocal critics on this issue and I was pleased to hear the Rural Affairs Minsiter, Rory Stewart MP, recently touch upon this in the House of Commons.

“I agreed with the Minister’s view that the loss of these services will have a major impact on people being able to access the countryside, as well as for rural residents trying to get in to town, and support any work his department is doing to try to protect services.”

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Picture 1: Mark Menzies MP with Blackpool Transport managing director Jane Cole and service deliver director Bob Mason

 

Picture 2: Mark Menzies MP with Blackpool T

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