Go North West formally launched its operations in Manchester and unveiled a refurbished double-deck hybrid bus while confirming plans to spend £3million in its first 12 months on vehicle and depot improvements.
The vehicle displayed is the first of 14 to be refurbished, and has been retrofitted with an Eminox exhaust system, bringing it to Euro VI. And GNW is replacing all its 15-year-old single-deck buses with 24 newer ones aged between five to seven-years.
“Queens Road has served the city for over a century and we are very pleased to have seamlessly transitioned to GNW,” says David Cutts, GNW interim managing director. “In addition to introducing greener buses, we recently purchased a new bus wash and repaired the iconic depot clock, helping us keep to time.”
David Brown Go-Ahead Group chief executive, adds: “We are delighted to have begun serving customers in Greater Manchester, and are committed to growing bus use, helping tackle road congestion and improve air quality. We have an ambitious investment plan, and are excited to work in partnership with local stakeholders to serve the community”.