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Mobile wi-fi on new buses
9:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
Marlborough bus passengers can travel in style to Salisbury and Swindon thanks to the introduction of two new double-decker buses, together costing £380,000, on the X5 route.
The Salisbury Reds launched two new British-built Enviro 400 buses on the well-used Salisbury, Amesbury, Marlborough and Swindon route yesterday.
The buses have free wi-fi and extra wheelchair and buggy space, and are part of a £8.74m investment in 46 new buses by the Go Ahead Group for its operations in Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.
The firm hopes people will be encouraged to travel by bus when they learn they can work on their laptops or iPads during the journey.
The launch also marks the 10th anniversary of the Go Ahead Group’s acquisition of Wilts & Dorset.
Andrew Wickham,who is the managing director of Go South Coast, said: “We need to keep up to date with our fleet anyway, but we hope the new buses are more comfortable than the other buses and that customers will enjoy the wi-fi provided.
“If you’re in your own car you’re stuck in traffic and it’s boring, but as a bus passenger you can surf the web.
“We did it in Southampton and it’s gone down really well with our customers there. It’s a big investment we’re making and we’re not putting the fare up as a result.”
John Yates, a member of environmental group Transition Marlborough, welcomed the new buses.
He said: “We are all in favour of buses and it’s good to see anything which improves the service.”
All timetables for the X5 service will stay as before. Visit www.salisburyreds.co.uk