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South coast bus travel gets a green upgrade

Taking the bus to Brighton is set to get even greener as the Stagecoach fleet gets an upgrade.

On Monday, March 1, 21 new buses were brought in for the company's Coastliner 700 bus route, which has been running for 35 years and has more than 4 million passengers each year.

Following a 3.5 million investment, double-decker Scania Enviro 400 vehicles will now replace older buses which have been running since 2006.

Stagecoach said that its new buses are powered by the latest engine systems, and promised that they would keep emission levels low without any loss in performance or fuel economy.

When it was first launched in 1975 the Mayor of Brighton used the service to send a goodwill message to the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth.

To launch the new Coastliner 700 buses, the current Lord Mayor of Brighton, Cllr Ann Norman, continued the tradition by sending greetings to The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Terry Hall, and the Mayors of Worthing and Chichester.

The regional managing director of Stagecoach, Andrew Dyer, said: 'Thanks to passenger numbers doubling on the Coastliner 700 service over the last five years, we are delighted to be able to upgrade the service with a much higher standard of vehicle.

'We hope that we can entice more people to use the service, safe in the knowledge that they can help keep the fresh sea air cleaner by keeping their emissions to a minimum.'

Stagecoach say their new fleet will meet strict Euro 5 regulations, improving on their 2006 predecessors which were only Euro 3 compliant.

Information on Coastliner 700 is also available by visiting coastliner700.co.uk or calling 0845 121 0190.

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