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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

Passengers to 'name' buses in Brighton and Hove

The buses have been 'named' for several years Credit: Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove Buses are opening nominations for the naming of vehicles to be delivered in the New Year. The nominations stage will close on Tuesday 6 January, followed by votes from the public.

The naming of Brighton & Hove buses after notable people with a connection to the area was first introduced in 1999. It has become a popular feature within the local community.

The company regularly receives suggestions for bus names and felt that, this year, the public should decide.

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Blast from the past: Last surviving bus to be restored

Video. It carried thousands of passengers to and from work, dates back to before the war and used to be a familiar sight in the streets of Medway.

The Chatham Traction bus played a key role in our history and today, only one from the fleet survives. But thanks to a group of enthusiasts and a lottery grant, the bus will be restored. Nashreen Issa reports.

On the buses for a taste of nostalgia

All aboard for a touch of nostalgia Credit: Stagecoach

Visitors to Eastbourne’sseafront will see a blast from the past today as Stagecoach launch aclassic bus service numbered route 110.

The new service will follow a circular route from the Sovereign Centre to the theatres via Eastbourne Pier and Terminus Road and will use a restored 1950 AEC Regal single decker and a 1967 Leyland PD2 double decker with an open rear platform.

The service, which will have a driver and a conductor, is part of Stagecoach’s year long celebration of the 110th anniversary of bus services in Eastbourne. The company has also pledged 10p from every ticket sale to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Task force to reduce trouble on the buses

The attacks have not resulted in any injuries - so far, but are being taken very seriously. Bluestar and First buses have reported trouble, with Bluestar forced to temporarily suspend services in the area due to the attacks, which have been carried out over the last three weeks.

Hampshire Police say they are taking the attacks very seriously and that they have made one arrest and expect to make further arrests shortly. A spokesperson said they urge anyone who has witnessed any crimes to contact them immediately.

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Kent buses go green with new hybrids

The buses run on a combination of electricity and diesel fuel. Credit: ITV News Meridian

A three million pound project to introduce hybrid buses to Kent is to be launched this lunchtime. Three million pounds has been spent on providing eleven of the vehicles for Maidstone. The hybrids have already been operating in other parts of the region including Reading.

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