If you take the bus in the West Midlands it could be all change for you by the end of the year. National Express West Midlands has made an £100 million order with British firm Alexander Dennis for around 540 vehicles.
The single decker and double decker buses will be made at a factory in Scarborough, and another in Falkirk in Scotland, supporting more than 2000 jobs. The bus company say the additions to its fleet will have the very latest technology. Chris Halpin reports.
Speaking about the deal to bring more than 550 new buses to routes across Birmingham & the Black Country, the Managing Director of National Express said:
"This deal will ensure the £100m invested on improvements to our services over the coming years will not just benefit our customers, who will have great new buses, but will also give the British economy a big boost."
"The new buses will offer our customers a state-of-the-art, comfortable and environmentally friendly journey. We cannot wait to introduce these vehicles to the roads of the West Midlands later in the year."
– Peter Coates, Managing Director National Express Bus
National Express West Midlands has signed a £100m deal for 550 new buses for its fleet across Birmingham & the Black Country.
The region's largest bus operator says the new vehicles will contain the very latest technology, including climate control, high-definition CCTV, and GPS systems which it says will improve reliability.
The small & medium single decker, and double decker buses will be made by British firm Alexander Dennis Ltd, and will support more than 2000 jobs at its bases in Scarborough, Falkirk and in Surrey.
National Express say the investment is both a boost for passengers and also British business, and expect the new buses to be on the road by the end of the year.