First Eastern Counties buys nine new buses for Norwich to Wroxham route

First Eastern Counties has bought some new buses. Pictured: Some staff from the N&N with Steve Wicke

First Eastern Counties has bought some new buses. Pictured: Some staff from the N&N with Steve Wickers, business director of First Eastern Counties (right). - Credit: Archant

First Eastern Counties has spent £1.8m on nine new buses to serve the Norwich to Wroxham route.

The buses are fitted with leather seats, CCTV and wi-fi providing customers with free internet access during their journey.

In addition to the dedicated space for wheelchair users, extra space is provided for pushchairs.

The new buses are part of the new Pink Line service 11/12, serving the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (N&N), Sprowston and Wroxham Roys via Norwich City Centre and the railway station.

Steve Wickers, business director for First Eastern Counties, said: 'Our further £1.8m investment in nine brand new double deck vehicles into the city is great news for our customers.

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'We introduced 11 brand new single deck buses back in October 2015 at a value of £1.9m.

'This overall investment clearly shows our commitment and dedication to provide ever better bus services in our area and encourage more people to travel by bus.

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'These new vehicles will be among the best and most eco-friendly in the city.'

Bosses say that the journey time from end to end of the route will be 35 minutes, and there will be a 15 minute frequency throughout the main day.

The new buses, which will be manufactured by Wrightbus based in County Antrim, Northern Island, are all Department for Transport 'low carbon certified' - a mark of fuel efficiency.

All new vehicles will be fitted with Euro 6 engines, which the company claims are eight times cleaner than the previous Euro 5 engines.

Some of the buses will be on show outside the Forum in Norwich today from 10am to 2pm. Members of First Eastern Counties staff will be there to answer questions.

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