Cymru Coastliner starts going double-deck

Arriva Cymru has begun upgrading its Cymru Coastliner routes between Chester and Caernarfon to high-specification double-deck operation with 10 new Wright Gemini 2DL integrals for the Chester-Rhyl section.

Welsh transport minister Carl Sargeant launched the new vehicles — worth around £1.9million — on 9 February, the day before the 70-seaters replaced low-floor Dennis Darts on the route.

Although equipped with digital tachographs, these are not yet legally required for the route, which splits at Holywell in order to comply with the 50km limit for registered services operated under domestic rather than European drivers’ hours rules. Passengers may buy end-to-end tickets and ride in the same bus, on which the ultimate destination display changes at the splitting point.

In common with all other Gemini 2DLs delivered to Arriva fleets outside London, these Welsh have the lowbridge (13ft 11in) body, with flatter top, lower ceilings and a recess in the coving panels above the seats over the rear wheels. However, they are to a higher overall specification, with high-backed leather seats on which the Cymru Coastliner brand name is stitched to headrests. They also have free WiFi.

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