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New fleet of buses launched by First Dorset at Weymouth Pavilion
A NEW fleet of buses has been launched following a multi-million pound investment in the region.
First Dorset has introduced six vehicles complete with leather seats, free wi-fi and CCTV for its Service 2 from King’s Statue to Littlemoor.
Borough councillor for Littlemoor Mark Tewkesbury welcomed the new buses. He said: “I think it’s absolutely fantastic news.
“It’s been a long time coming but that’s why it’s nice to see them investing in route 2.
“It’s one of the most heavily used services in Weymouth and there are a lot of benefits to the new facilities.”
The six buses, which cost £870,000, are also fitted with audio-visual next stop announcements and Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI).
The new vehicles are part of an £8.5million investment across Dorset, Hampshire and Berkshire.
Each vehicle can hold 37 seated and 33 standing passengers, and have ample space for both child buggies and wheelchairs.
Improvements will also be made to existing buses, including 20 which serve Service 1 and 31 and the A53.
Wi-fi will also be available on the Service 10 Dorchester to Weymouth buses from next week.
General manager for First Dorset Dervla McKay said the introduction of wi-fi in particular is part of the Olympic legacy.
She said: “We wanted to attract different markets. Young people are always on their smartphones, but it would also be ideal for commuters who want to use the travel time getting work done.
“The RTPI is helpful for elderly or disabled passengers but also tourists, who may not be familiar with the area, as it will let them know when their stop is coming up.”
The buses were unveiled at a launch event at Weymouth Pavilion attended by borough and county councillors as well as members of First’s customer panel.
She added: “I’d like to thank everyone who attended the event. We have always had a lot of support from our partners in the local authority and our customer panel members are out eyes and ears in the community.
“We look to them to keep us informed and give us feedback. I hope everyone likes the new buses.”
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