Burnley's bus of the future is being 'made to measure'22-02-2017
Back in December, we ran a survey called 'Make My Mainline' to ask you, our lovely customers on Mainline, what you'd like to see on your brand new buses coming later this year.
And tell us, you did!
We received around 200 responses to our survey, with some really fantastic and 'out of the box' ideas sent in. Now, we're delighted to reveal some of the details for your amazing new buses.
30 top-of-the-range buses, to be built right here in the North of England, will replace our entire fleet on Mainline this summer, representing a whopping £4.6million investment. Mainline runs up to every 7 minutes between Padiham, Burnley, Nelson and Colne, with buses also running to Accrington, Clitheroe, Barnoldswick, Trawden and Keighley.
But what really makes these new vehicles stand out from the crowd is the design details which have come directly from you.
Our CEO, Alex Hornby, said: "No motor manufacturer would design a new car without thinking long and hard about the features most likely to attract buyers, and so why would we possibly design our new Mainline buses without capturing the views of our customers?"
“We knew the only way to come up with a new fleet of buses that our customers will really love using was to put their ideas centre stage – and they've done us proud with some fantastic ideas, as well as a firm reminder about basic requirements too.”
“Some of the wackiest ideas suggested to us included amphibious buses that could drive along Pendle Water, or having coffee machines and baristas on every bus! But we found out that most of our passengers really want fast, free and reliable WiFi, at-seat USB power points and more wireless charging points, which are now expected as standard.
“Perhaps surprisingly, the demand for more basic things like better legroom, a bright and well-lit environment, a place to rest belongings and even a bigger litter bin all rated highly in the survey – all of which have led to enhancements on these new Mainline buses, compared to previous models”.
The new buses will feature a whole host of other exciting features, some of which have never been seen before on buses in the north - we'll reveal all nearer the time!