This week sees a major upgrade for East Yorkshire Motor Services routes 121 (Hull-Scarborough) and X46 (Hull-York) as 12 new MCV EvoSeti-bodied Volvo B5TL double-deckers take to the road.
They join seven similar buses bought by EYMS since trialling the first of this type in 2015, and bring to a total of 39 the number of Euro6 emission vehicles in the fleet.
These latest also feature tables on the top deck – a feature commented on favourably by passengers using the one bus with tables already in use experimentally on the X46. They all also have free WiFi which has also proved popular on the six EYMS routes – already including the Hull-York X46 – which have been WiFi equipped one by one in the past year or so.
All journeys on the Hull-Scarborough 121 route now offer free WiFi, as well as the existing Wi-Fi on routes between Hull and Withernsea, Hull and Hessle, and Hull and Cottingham via the university.
Chairman Peter Shipp says: “It is a very difficult financial climate for bus operators these days, what with national and local government funding cuts and increasing traffic congestion. But we still need to replace our oldest buses whenever we can afford to, as it is important that we offer the best service we can to our passengers and provide more modern buses for our staff to drive. New buses with clean exhausts are also much better for the environment”
“I hope that these improvements will help us make journeys better for all those passengers who use these routes at present and help us to attract more people to the buses. You can’t keep in touch with social media while driving a car.”