Following a £1million investment, Arriva North West has launched nine new eco-friendly Mellor Strata-bodied Mercedes-Benz Sprinter minibuses in Macclesfield and Winsford, as part of a wider initiative to help the local community.
The new, smaller buses have been adapted in size to suit the routes which they will operate on, where congestion can be heavy and roads are often narrow. The new buses will also provide customers with a more efficient and eco-friendly service, helping to reduce fuel costs and emissions.
The 22-seater buses will feature e-leather seats, wheelchair access, free onboard WiFi and USB charging points on each seat, and will service route numbers 2, 3, 4, 6, 9 and 21 in Macclesfield and the number 2 and 4 in Winsford.
General Manager Mark Wynne commented: “We’re determined to ensure that all our buses contribute to Arriva’s green agenda by operating eco-friendly services that minimise carbon emissions. This is a significant investment in Cheshire and we’re delighted that we can provide an even better service to satisfy the needs of the Macclesfield and Winsford community.”
In addition to the launch of the new minibuses, Arriva will also be donating £500 worth of food, refreshments, sleeping bags and clothing to the Treehouse Food Kitchen in Macclesfield, which helps local homeless and disadvantaged people across Cheshire East.
To celebrate the arrival of the new buses, Arriva will be hosting a launch event outside Macclesfield Town Hall on Saturday 8th July, where the public can enjoy a hog roast, competitions, stilt walkers and other family-friendly activities.