New flagship fleet brings luxury travel to Christchurch

LUXURY bus travel is coming to Christchurch with the launch of a brand new fleet of buses boasting leather seats and wood-effect floors.

Transdev Yellow Buses (TYB) will be operating the new Optare Versa single-deckers on its service 1 between Somerford and Bournemouth from Wednesday, October 1.

TYB says the 11 vehicles, which cost £1.3 million, will bring bus travel into the 21st century. It is also expecting the Versas to be an instant hit with passengers. A preview of one of the buses in The Square, Bournemouth, on September 23 and 24 produced overwhelmingly positive feedback.

Jenni Wilkinson, TYB’s Head of Marketing, said: “The new Versas will act as the flagship of the Transdev Yellow Buses’ fleet.

“They have a real ‘wow’ factor and we’re confident that they will be very popular with our passengers.”

The Versas have 37 seats trimmed in leather and incorporating a padded head restraint and gangway grab handle.

The low entry height of the bus together with flat floor, well spaced upright posts and seat integral grab handles all combine to make the Versa easy and safe to enter, especially for those with reduced mobility.

Passengers in wheelchairs or parents with buggies can also access the bus easily using the simple manually-operated fold out ramp.

TYB’s service 1 provides a bus every ten minutes during daytimes, Monday to Saturday between Somerford and Bournemouth. It terminates in Christchurch during evenings and Sundays.

Picture captions: [Photo 1] Flagship bus: One of the 11 new Versas being operated by Transdev Yellow Buses on the Somerford to Bournemouth service 1. [Photo 2] Wow factor: Gary Corrie, TYB’s Engineering Director (left) and Derek Lott, Managing Director, unveil the new Versa.