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.”