New fleet of wi-fi double-decker buses launched across East Lancashire

The new buses will feature wi-fi services

The new buses will feature wi-fi services

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

BUS passengers in Blackburn and Burnley will be entering the digital age with the launch of revamped double-deckers on the Lancashire Way.

Bosses at Transdev have unveiled a fleet of upgraded vehicles, with a red rose logo, for the 152 service between Preston and Burnley, which also serves Blackburn, Rishton, Clayton-le-Moors, Altham and Padiham.

And the double-deckers, replacing smaller single-deckers on the route, will be fitted with wi-fi, for easier online access for smartphones and tablets.

Red roses were handed out to passengers at relaunch events at Blackburn and Burnley bus stations yesterday.

The digital system was first introduced on the firm’s Witch Way buses, before Christmas, between Nelson, Burnley, Rawtenstall and Manchester.

Richard Jackson, Transdev’s development director, said: “During peak periods many of our passengers found they couldn’t get a seat on buses along this busy route.

“It’s a priority for us to make sure all our customers travel in comfort so we’re pleased to launch bigger buses on The Lancashire Way 152 service that increase capacity, meaning no one should have to stand up for the whole of their journey.”

Silver day tickets, available on other parts of the network, will still be on offer for the 152 service.

The operator has also now rebranded its ‘intercity’ services under the Lancashire Way banner, including the 152, X41 service from Blackburn to Manchester and the Blackburn-Darwen-Bolton 1 buses.

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6:51pm Fri 31 Jan 14

whirlingdervish says...

02,registered deckers are revamped,,wifi and a rose on the side,brilliant,no changes to the timetables are mentioned,,will there be 3rd week off april,
02,registered deckers are revamped,,wifi and a rose on the side,brilliant,no changes to the timetables are mentioned,,will there be 3rd week off april, whirlingdervish
  • Score: 0

6:59pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Padiham Paul says...

If these are anything like on the Witch Way X43 then the WiFi will be unusable. I spent over 10 minutes just trying to connect to the WiFi service all week never mind trying to actually download any data.
If these are anything like on the Witch Way X43 then the WiFi will be unusable. I spent over 10 minutes just trying to connect to the WiFi service all week never mind trying to actually download any data. Padiham Paul
  • Score: -1

12:35am Sat 1 Feb 14

Pan-cake says...

Travelled on the X41 to Manchester the other day. Not as many rattles as previous buses, comfy 'leather' seats and WiFi that connected within seconds and allowed me to add my erudite comments on here as we bowled along in comfort.
Travelled on the X41 to Manchester the other day. Not as many rattles as previous buses, comfy 'leather' seats and WiFi that connected within seconds and allowed me to add my erudite comments on here as we bowled along in comfort. Pan-cake
  • Score: 3

9:02am Sat 1 Feb 14

woolywords says...

Never mind flowers, flash seats and wi-fi, I'd settle for any old ram-shackle bus where I live.
Bring back the 12!
Never mind flowers, flash seats and wi-fi, I'd settle for any old ram-shackle bus where I live. Bring back the 12! woolywords
  • Score: 2

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