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Andy posted..

The 192 bus route will receive a £11.3 million investment over the next three months, with the introduction of 40 brand new hybrid vehicles.

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Stagecoach Manchester, the region’s leading local bus operator, announced the investment into the busy 192 service ahead of the introduction of the first 12 buses, on Friday 1st February.

The route, which serves Hazel Grove, Stockport, Levenshulme and Longsight and carries an average of 187,000 passengers per week, will see the arrival of a further 16 new buses on Friday 1st March. The remaining 12 vehicles will be introduced between the Saturday 2nd March and Friday 15th March.

The new hybrid fleet has been purchased with the assistance of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Green Bus Fund, which provided approximately £3.5 million funding to supplement Stagecoach Manchester’s £7.8 million spend.

The launch of the new hybrid fleet will mark the largest ever single investment into buses on a single route in Greater Manchester and will provide customers with a more environmentally friendly service.

The electric-hybrid design, which is fuelled by a sophisticated battery system supported by a small traditional diesel engine, will emit 30 per cent less carbon than the standard buses. Designed and created by the UK’s leading bus and coach manufacturer, Alexander Dennis, supported by BAE Systems, the new vehicles will offer passengers a cleaner, smoother, more comfortable ride.

Christopher Bowles, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, commented:

“The commissioning of 40 new hybrid buses for the 192 route is yet another significant investment in our region-wide operations"

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