‘New era’ for bus travel as £2m fleet boasts wifi, power points and a skylight

All new… one of the Coastliner buses at York Minster. Photograph: Richard McDougall
9 Dec 2016 @ 11.38 am
| Business, Transport

It’s bus travel, Jim, but not as we know it…

These sleek new buses are part of the new £2.3 million Coastliner fleet, launched by Transdev in the shadow of York Minster.

As well as looking super-smart, the ten British-built vehicles are also packed with innovative features, including fast and free 4G wifi, USB power points at every seat and ‘skylight’ roof panels.

They are also a greener ride, featuring low emission Euro 6 engines. And the longer bodyshell gives more space to passengers, while being 616 kilos (97 stone) lighter than the bus it replaces.

Coastliner buses take countless passengers from York to Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington every year.

Rolling promotion

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby and City of York Council transport and planning chief Cllr Ian Gillies at the Coastliner launch

As well as transporting them in greater comfort than ever, the buses will act as a great promotion for city, country and coast.

The new livery and a campaign of ‘Coastliner Country’ will promote the fantastic destinations on the route, including York and Malton.

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said:

These amazing and pioneering new buses are amongst the very best on the roads anywhere in Yorkshire and beyond.

Their introduction marks a new era for bus travel across Yorkshire, bringing luxury travel to this popular and high-profile service.

Revolutionary travel

Alex said every aspect of the design has been inspired by customer feedback.

“We examined every detail of the journey from the moment a passenger steps on board to the very end of their journey with us,” he said.

“And the features which these new buses bring to life add up to a revolution in comfort, style and convenience for each and every journey with us.”

Coastliner runs every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday between Leeds, York and Malton, with hourly services to and from Scarborough, Pickering and Thornton-le-Dale, plus daily services to and from Whitby, Filey and Bridlington.

The new features

Two ‘power zones’ on the upper deck, with seats around tables featuring wireless mobile phone charging pads and plug-in charging sockets with integrated USB points

Leather trimmed, coach seats

A row of spaced out rear seats and Transdev’s pioneering ‘tech benches’ to allow space to rest tablets, phones and laptops with USB points

Fast and free 4G Wi-Fi throughout

Tinted double glazed windows

Glazed staircase and full-length upper deck ‘skylight’ roof panels – perfect for sky and star gazing

On the outside, high visibility destination screens featuring Transdev’s pioneering “time to departure” countdown at major calling points on the route

On the inside, scrolling interior screens and next stop audible announcements to assist visually impaired customers