YELLOW Buses has taken delivery of a further eight new double-deckers at a cost of £1.6 million.
The Bournemouth-based company has also refurbished five double-deckers acquired in 2014, bringing them up to company specifications.
All 13 buses now feature leather seats and wood-effect floors while the newly purchased vehicles boast some of the cleanest engines available on the market.
The eight new Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini 3 single door double-deckers have a Volvo B5TL chassis and can carry up to 98 passengers (75 seated and 23 standing).
They are equipped with the latest Volvo D5K 5 litre Euro 6 diesel engine, providing increased fuel efficiency and improved air quality emissions.
Yellow Buses is the first bus company in England to acquire the B5TL vehicles.
Their arrival means that Yellow Buses will now be running 24 double-deckers on its flagship 1b and 1c routes, linking Poole and Christchurch/Somerford in Dorset.
Andrew Smith, Managing Director, Yellow Buses, said: “These new double-deckers will allow our passengers to travel in comfort and style on some of the most environmentally-friendly buses available anywhere in the UK.”
He added: “Our job is not just to get passengers to their location safely but ensure their journey is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Leather seats and wood-effect floors play an important role in this.”
Yellow Buses operates a fleet of 137 buses and 18 coaches with a staff of 450.
It carries more than 15m passengers a year with its vehicles operating nearly five million miles across the Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset area.
The Yellows are part of RATP Group, the world’s fifth largest public transport provider