Environmentally friendly buses to be used on Basingstoke route

Environmentally friendly buses to be used on Basingstoke route

Environmentally friendly buses to be used on Basingstoke route

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BASINGSTOKE bus provider Stagecoach has vowed to make journeys on a popular park and ride service environmentally friendly.

The bus company has welcomed two new Enviro 200 buses to their fleet to be used on the Centre Shuttle service, which runs between the Leisure Park, Basing View and the town centre, in a bid to make public transport in the town less harmful to the environment.

The buses, which cost a total of £250,000, have the latest Euro6 specification engines and emit fewer pollutants than current models, as well as boasting more seats and Wi-Fi for passengers to use.

Andrew Dyer, managing director of Stagecoach South, said: “We’re delighted to be the first demonstrating these great British-built buses. They’re not only better for the environment, our passengers and the residents of Basingstoke, but they’re a real boost to the local economy too.”

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s cabinet member for partnerships, Councillor Cathy Osselton, added: “I am delighted that the pink Centre Shuttle bus is going greener.

“With the new contract we wanted to continue to lead by example and show our commitment to the environment by ensuring that they meet the very latest emissions legislation.”

She added: “Stagecoach has taken up the challenge and is introducing these eco-friendly buses just for the Shuttle Bus.

“This is the first time buses of this kind have been used in the south of England outside London, supporting climate change initiatives in the borough.”

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6:50pm Mon 18 Aug 14

BasingstokeBroadband.co.uk says...

WiFi for its passengers! excellent news, I wonder what sort of speeds are available?
WiFi for its passengers! excellent news, I wonder what sort of speeds are available? BasingstokeBroadband.co.uk
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8:02am Tue 19 Aug 14

JJ38JJ says...

BasingstokeBroadband
.co.uk
wrote:
WiFi for its passengers! excellent news, I wonder what sort of speeds are available?
Up to 60 mph on the ring road.
[quote][p][bold]BasingstokeBroadband .co.uk[/bold] wrote: WiFi for its passengers! excellent news, I wonder what sort of speeds are available?[/p][/quote]Up to 60 mph on the ring road. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 6

11:28am Tue 19 Aug 14

JJ38JJ says...

"They’re not only better for the environment, our passengers and the residents of Basingstoke, but they’re a real boost to the local economy too.”
Can someone explain why the new buses are better for the local economy than the old ones?
"They’re not only better for the environment, our passengers and the residents of Basingstoke, but they’re a real boost to the local economy too.” Can someone explain why the new buses are better for the local economy than the old ones? JJ38JJ
  • Score: 6

12:53pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Max Headroom says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
"They’re not only better for the environment, our passengers and the residents of Basingstoke, but they’re a real boost to the local economy too.”
Can someone explain why the new buses are better for the local economy than the old ones?
Apart from "they're new", they're less likely to break down, more capacity than the old Optare Solo buses, plus the Wifi means commuters can do business (read: check Facebook) while on the bus. On the other hand, "real boost to the local economy too" is one of the key phrases in any politician's phrasebook, regardless of whether any actual boost happens.

That said, I'm not sure why the Park & Ride is at the Leisure Park other than the fact that it just happens to already be a massive car park for existing venues. Surely a P&R next to one of the M3 junctions will encourage more commuters to use the service?
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: "They’re not only better for the environment, our passengers and the residents of Basingstoke, but they’re a real boost to the local economy too.” Can someone explain why the new buses are better for the local economy than the old ones?[/p][/quote]Apart from "they're new", they're less likely to break down, more capacity than the old Optare Solo buses, plus the Wifi means commuters can do business (read: check Facebook) while on the bus. On the other hand, "real boost to the local economy too" is one of the key phrases in any politician's phrasebook, regardless of whether any actual boost happens. That said, I'm not sure why the Park & Ride is at the Leisure Park other than the fact that it just happens to already be a massive car park for existing venues. Surely a P&R next to one of the M3 junctions will encourage more commuters to use the service? Max Headroom
  • Score: 3

1:35pm Tue 19 Aug 14

JJ38JJ says...

Thanks, I suspected as much. I wonder how many passengers will be using the wifi on the 10 minute journey to actually do some work? LOL
Apart from the dubious economic (for the town) claims I was always led to believe that the best thing for the environment was to get as much use out of an existing object before replacing it. So the environmental claims only make sense if the old buses had reached the end of their useful lives anyway. Unless any savings are being passed down to the passengers in lower ticket prices, the only people who will actually benefit from more efficient buses are the Stagecoach shareholders.
Thanks, I suspected as much. I wonder how many passengers will be using the wifi on the 10 minute journey to actually do some work? LOL Apart from the dubious economic (for the town) claims I was always led to believe that the best thing for the environment was to get as much use out of an existing object before replacing it. So the environmental claims only make sense if the old buses had reached the end of their useful lives anyway. Unless any savings are being passed down to the passengers in lower ticket prices, the only people who will actually benefit from more efficient buses are the Stagecoach shareholders. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 3

2:15pm Tue 19 Aug 14

CrossofLorraine says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
"They’re not only better for the environment, our passengers and the residents of Basingstoke, but they’re a real boost to the local economy too.”
Can someone explain why the new buses are better for the local economy than the old ones?
The local economy benefits from the drivers (who are local?) who get to keep their jobs?
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: "They’re not only better for the environment, our passengers and the residents of Basingstoke, but they’re a real boost to the local economy too.” Can someone explain why the new buses are better for the local economy than the old ones?[/p][/quote]The local economy benefits from the drivers (who are local?) who get to keep their jobs? CrossofLorraine
  • Score: -3

7:35am Wed 20 Aug 14

jonone says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
Thanks, I suspected as much. I wonder how many passengers will be using the wifi on the 10 minute journey to actually do some work? LOL
Apart from the dubious economic (for the town) claims I was always led to believe that the best thing for the environment was to get as much use out of an existing object before replacing it. So the environmental claims only make sense if the old buses had reached the end of their useful lives anyway. Unless any savings are being passed down to the passengers in lower ticket prices, the only people who will actually benefit from more efficient buses are the Stagecoach shareholders.
Blimey, people will complain if they have to ride on ancient old buses (which they probably would be if National Bus was still with us!) - and complain if buses are replaced too early!!

The comment on location is spot on, a Park & Ride which requires driving into the town is pretty pointless.
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: Thanks, I suspected as much. I wonder how many passengers will be using the wifi on the 10 minute journey to actually do some work? LOL Apart from the dubious economic (for the town) claims I was always led to believe that the best thing for the environment was to get as much use out of an existing object before replacing it. So the environmental claims only make sense if the old buses had reached the end of their useful lives anyway. Unless any savings are being passed down to the passengers in lower ticket prices, the only people who will actually benefit from more efficient buses are the Stagecoach shareholders.[/p][/quote]Blimey, people will complain if they have to ride on ancient old buses (which they probably would be if National Bus was still with us!) - and complain if buses are replaced too early!! The comment on location is spot on, a Park & Ride which requires driving into the town is pretty pointless. jonone
  • Score: 2

11:44pm Wed 20 Aug 14

JJ38JJ says...

CrossofLorraine wrote:
JJ38JJ wrote:
"They’re not only better for the environment, our passengers and the residents of Basingstoke, but they’re a real boost to the local economy too.”
Can someone explain why the new buses are better for the local economy than the old ones?
The local economy benefits from the drivers (who are local?) who get to keep their jobs?
These are replacement buses, not additional ones. The number of buses and therefore drivers is unchanged.
[quote][p][bold]CrossofLorraine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: "They’re not only better for the environment, our passengers and the residents of Basingstoke, but they’re a real boost to the local economy too.” Can someone explain why the new buses are better for the local economy than the old ones?[/p][/quote]The local economy benefits from the drivers (who are local?) who get to keep their jobs?[/p][/quote]These are replacement buses, not additional ones. The number of buses and therefore drivers is unchanged. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 2

6:43pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Hampshire Rambler says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
CrossofLorraine wrote:
JJ38JJ wrote:
"They’re not only better for the environment, our passengers and the residents of Basingstoke, but they’re a real boost to the local economy too.”
Can someone explain why the new buses are better for the local economy than the old ones?
The local economy benefits from the drivers (who are local?) who get to keep their jobs?
These are replacement buses, not additional ones. The number of buses and therefore drivers is unchanged.
Are you sure about this? Courtney Coaches used to run the Centre Shuttle with two of their minibuses. As Stagecoach have taken over the service they have surely had to buy two additional buses to work the route. To staff the two extra buses from early to late, seven days a week would require a minimum of five or six extra drivers.
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CrossofLorraine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: "They’re not only better for the environment, our passengers and the residents of Basingstoke, but they’re a real boost to the local economy too.” Can someone explain why the new buses are better for the local economy than the old ones?[/p][/quote]The local economy benefits from the drivers (who are local?) who get to keep their jobs?[/p][/quote]These are replacement buses, not additional ones. The number of buses and therefore drivers is unchanged.[/p][/quote]Are you sure about this? Courtney Coaches used to run the Centre Shuttle with two of their minibuses. As Stagecoach have taken over the service they have surely had to buy two additional buses to work the route. To staff the two extra buses from early to late, seven days a week would require a minimum of five or six extra drivers. Hampshire Rambler
  • Score: -1

8:28am Fri 22 Aug 14

Buster Preciation says...

Whichever company has the contract is irrelevant. The number of buses and drivers is unchanged. The 'local' drivers contributing to the 'local economy' will remain the same.
Whichever company has the contract is irrelevant. The number of buses and drivers is unchanged. The 'local' drivers contributing to the 'local economy' will remain the same. Buster Preciation
  • Score: 2

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