SELSEY’S bus service has been upgraded to Stagecoach Gold – and the residents are thrilled.
At the launch of the new service on Friday (March 1), people turned up in droves to see what all the fuss was about.
“It’s very good. There’s more space, more legroom, we shall look forward to travelling on it,” said Mrs Devereux of Robinson Close, Selsey.
The brand-new buses are part of Stagecoach’s luxury service, which means the buses have leather seats, and free wireless internet, and the drivers are specially dressed and trained for the job.
Managing director of Stagecoach South Andrew Dyer said the Stagecoach Gold service had been launched in cities, and they wanted to try it in a more rural area.
“We wanted to try it on a country route to grow the number of passengers.
“Stagecoach has invested more than £1m in seven new buses to operate this important route from Selsey to Chichester.
“This will be one of only ten Gold fleets in the UK and the vision behind this investment is to demonstrate how a luxury bus service can be better for the environment and better for the community.”
The buses are much more environmentally-friendly than their predecessors as they are fitted with engines which are designed to help cut exhaust gas emissions, making each journey greener.
The company has also tried to tap into the community, by naming the new buses after famous astronomers in memory of the late Sir Patrick Moore who used to reside in Selsey and would have celebrated his 90th birthday on Monday (March 4).
Working with the South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre, each bus will carry the name of Sir Patrick Moore, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Sir Issac Newton, Edmond Halley, Edwin Hubble or Carl Sagan.
Robin Kitchen of Kingsway seemed happy with the new buses and said: “It seems very comfortable, looking at it. It is a big boost for Selsey.”
The Stagecoach Gold Route 51 will also be more frequent than its former Link service, and operate up to every 15 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays, with an enhanced evening service, and up to every 30 minutes on Sundays.