Stagecoach East Midlands has converted its operation of the Pronto service between Nottingham, Mansfield and Chesterfield to double-deck operation, with a fleet of 11 new Euro6-engined Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMCs in Pronto pink livery.
It celebrated the launch this week with a fun day of pizza, music and competitions at Nottingham Old Market Square. Members of the public were invited to find out more about the service, meet one of the new buses which was parked up in the square, and celebrate with music and free pizza. A specially designed Pronto pizza was among those available.
The event saw Sheriff Catherine Arnold and Robin Riley, principal development officer at Nottinghamshire County Council, meet one of the new buses and show their support for the investment into the popular service.
Sheriff of Nottingham Catherine Arnold says: ‘I was delighted to launch the new Pronto flagship bus, and to see Stagecoach at the forefront of new technology. On top of this, I am particularly impressed by Stagecoach’s recent new contactless system. No more trying to find the right change at the end of the night.’
Michelle Hargreaves, managing director at Stagecoach East Midlands, says: ‘We pride ourselves on our commitment to our passengers, as well as ongoing efforts to increase the energy efficiency of our vehicles. By doubling capacity on the Pronto service, we hope to encourage more people to take the bus; another step in reducing pollution and congestion in Nottinghamshire.’