Arriva invests £1.8 million in new buses for Southend
Arriva has bought twelve brand-new buses for use on Service 9 and these entered service from mid-November on the frequent route that runs between Shoeburyness, Thorpe Bay, Southend, the airport, Eastwood and Rayleigh.
Representing an investment of £1.8 million, these are the first new buses for Southend for a number of years and will bring new standards of comfort to customers using the service.
The buses have light, airy and comfortable interiors and are fully-accessible with stepless entrances and no steps in the front half inside.
Like most Arriva buses, they are fitted with state-of-the-art digital CCTV cameras inside and out for the added security of our customers and staff.
Their engines are of the latest type which are built to meet the stringent 'Euro 5' standard with very little exhaust emission which will help to improve air quality in the Southend, Rochford and Rayleigh area.
The eye-catching buses are being used to re-launch Service 9, which runs every 12 minutes for much of the day on Mondays to Saturdays and every half an hour on Sundays.
This service is now branded as 'The Wave' to reflect the fact that part of its route runs along the seafront from Thorpe Bay to the Kursaal and the new buses carry prominent 'Ride the wave' graphics to draw attention to the service and hopefully to encourage even more people to start using the bus for some of their local journeys.