Bus bosses have hailed a new £6 million fleet of 21st century vehicles which have taken to the streets of South Yorkshire.
Operator First launched the 41 Streetlite buses – boasting wifi access for phones, leather seats and large windscreens – on The Moor in Sheffield city centre.
The buses have been put into service on route 52 between Woodhouse to Hillsborough, route 69 linking Rotherham to Sheffield and number 76, between Low Edges in Sheffield and Meadowbank in Rotherham.
David Young, of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, said: “The new Sheffield Bus Partnership is taking great strides in improving the city’s buses.
“We welcome this latest investment to enhance Sheffield’s bus fleet, which will improve customer comfort, contributing to the Partnership’s aim of improving Sheffield’s bus offer.”
First has committed to replace half of its 280 strong Sheffield fleet by 2017 as it invests millions of pounds in a new generation of cleaner vehicles.
The new buses feature the latest engines which are 50 per cent more fuel efficient than many currently in operation.
Dick Proctor, Sheffield Council transport planning manager, said: “We welcome First’s investment, which will add to the quality of the Sheffield fleet.”