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Low emission engines for buses in Southampton

Passengers in Southampton will soon be travelling on scores of new buses fitted with the latest low-emission engines.

First Bus, part of transport company FirstGroup, is investing £77.7 million in 385 new buses, of which 90% will be fitted with ultra-clean Euro 6 engines. The Wrightbus company, based in Ballymena in Northern Ireland, is manufacturing 248 of the buses while ADL, based in Falkirk in Scotland, has secured an order for 117 buses.

All the new buses will be delivered during the current financial year. All will have free wi-fi and leather seats.

"This is great news for First Bus customers across the UK. In five years we've invested around #385 million in new vehicles. I'm delighted the overwhelming majority of our new vehicles will be fitted with Euro 6 engines. The advances in engineering are remarkable and our investment represents one of the most environmentally friendly bus orders ever placed."

– First Bus managing director Giles Fearnley


Dorchester murder victim identified

Elliott Handley was found dead on Tuesday

A man who was found dead at The Compass garage in Dorchester has been formally identified as Elliot Handley. Three men were arrested on suspicion of murder when the body of the 46 year old from Eastleigh was found at The Grove on Tuesday. One man has been bailed to a secure hospital and two others have been bailed until June.


Code of conduct for buskers in Oxford

Harmless entertainment, or a scourge on our streets? That's the question being asked across the Thames Valley tonight, as busking in town centres comes under scrutiny.

Yes, because as more buskers take to the streets, often asking for money from the public, one council in Oxford says enough is enough. They've decided to enforce a code of conduct, meaning that buskers could be fined up to a thousand pounds if they cause a noise nuisance.

The controversy will be debated at a council meeting next month. Cary Johnston takes up the story.

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