Platinum buses for West Midlands

Platinum buses for West Midlands

More passengers across the West Midlands will be able to enjoy free WiFi, extra leg room and improved seating on National express buses.

The firm is expanding its fleet of high-tech environmentally friendly platinum buses throughout the region after receiving a flood of positive feedback from commuters after their initial introduction in May 2015.

Currently operating on eight routes across Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry and Walsall, the operator is investing in a further 65 buses to serve every district of the Black Country.

The £34m fleet of 58 buses are lighter and more fuel efficient than conventional buses, and their Euro 6 engines are ranked among the cleanest in the world.

Peter Coates, Managing Director of National Express West Midlands, said:“We’ve been running the Platinums for half a year now and we’re seeing more people making more trips on them.

“The X51 from Birmingham to Walsall has seen 25% growth and there’s been 10% growth on services to Birmingham International.

“So this year, we’re investing £15 million to make sure that people right across the Black Country will benefit from these excellent new buses.”

A recent survey showed that passengers are hugely impressed with the new vehicles. Overall satisfaction across all the Platinum routes was 94%.

98% were satisfied with the comfort they experienced on the bus, and 96% said they were happy with the standard of driving. And 81% of those questioned found the services good value for money.

Cllr Keith Linnecor, a member of the West Midland’s Integrated Transport Authority’s delivery committee, said:  “I am delighted these superb vehicles are to be expanded across the West Midlands.

 “The standards on the Platinum service are superb and a great inventive for people to use public transport.”