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Arriva asks people to say who their 'one and only' is to celebrate completion of £2 million investment in Southend

31 October 14

Arriva is celebrating the completion of its £2 million investment in new buses for its Service One between Shoeburyness, Southend and Rayleigh by running a competition to win a weekend break in the UK.

The competition is based on a You Tube video that was shot on one of the two latest buses to go into use on the One, and which features a singer and Arriva’s cartoon character Alfie travelling the route to the strains of ‘The One and Only’, the hit song made famous by Chesney Hawkes.

To enter the competition, people should visit You Tube, select ‘’Arriva Bus (UK)’ and then select ‘The One and Only’ video.

Arriva wants people to tell them who their one and only is, and why, by following the instructions below the video and using Facebook or Twitter to post their entries.

The best entry will win a weekend away in the UK for two people, with meals included, and entries can be submitted until 30th November.

The two new buses, costing £150,000 each, that recently entered service on the One followed the £1.8 million investment by Arriva in sixteen new buses for the route in the Spring of 2013 and are fitted with free on-board Wi-Fi and new technology to reduce carbon emissions to an extremely low level.

Arriva’s Regional Publicity Manager, Richard Lewis, said “We are pleased to mark the purchase of our latest new buses for Southend with the competition using social media. The Wi-Fi fitted to these vehicles means that people could even enter the competition for free while travelling.

“Over the past three years we have invested around £4 million in new buses for our Southend-based services and in refurbishing mid-life buses to enable the older members of our fleet to be taken out of use.”

One of the new buses was inspected by local MP for Southend West, David Amess, who commented “I am delighted that Arriva have introduced two new environmentally-friendly buseswhich will cut emissions.

“I congratulate the company on the design of the buses, their capacity and their contribution to cutting carbon emissions. We are very fortunate to have Arriva as one of our local bus companies.”