NOTTINGHAMSHIRE County Council is to unveil the first of a fleet of new, multi-purpose buses, heralding a different way of providing specialised and local transport for the county.
The county council has worked in partnership with Bluebird Vehicles of North Yorkshire and has invested over £1m in the new, £76,000 state-of-the-art buses.
It has taken delivery of ten of the vehicles and that number will eventually rise to 18 in total.
The stylish, low-floor, environmentally friendly buses can be used on all types of journeys, including trips to day centres and special needs schools and for use on rural local bus and community transport services.
Because they are multi-purpose they can be on the road all day long, therefore providing a more economical and integrated service than currently exists and negating the need for individual, specialised vehicles.
The buses – which are white and boast the County Council’s corporate green livery – are based on a Fiat chassis and are powered by a 3.0-litre low emission diesel engine
The first time the buses will be used is likely to be early next year with a pilot project in the Newark area.