A £2.1 million investment into cleaner, greener transport has seen a dozen brand-new ultra-low emission busses join the skylink fleet operated by Loughborough’s Kinchbus.
The first of the 12 new British-built buses are now on the road, providing a vital link connecting Leicester with Derby and East Midlands Airport.
The 24 hours a day, seven days a week skylink provides a convenient way for travellers to get to their flights and home again, plus helps workers commute to the growing number of employers at and around the airport.
East Midlands Airport and the businesses in the East Midlands Enterprise Gateway (EMEG) area already employ 10,000 people, with a potential 20,000 new jobs to be created in the next 20 years.
Each of the new Alexander Dennis Enviro200 buses exceeds the latest Euro VI emissions standard and emits less nitrogen dioxide than a new car. They also use green stop-start technology to further reduce emissions.
Kinchbus is also introducing newly refurbished Optare Versa buses to its town centre Kinchbus 11 and 12 routes as part of a sustained drive to improve reliability and punctuality.
“The arrival of the fantastic new buses to skylink and the newly revamped buses to Kinchbus 11 and 12 shows our commitment to constantly improving our customer experience in terms of the onboard quality and journey time,” said Kinchbus MD Jeff Counsell.
“All our buses are COVID-secure with all the creature comforts to keep customers connected and comfortable.”