Stagecoach Midlands has invested £5.6 million in 37 new buses for some of its major routes in Northampton.
The first 14 single-deck buses came into service at the weekend, with the remaining 23 expected to be rolled out by the end of March.
The investment follows the company taking over a number of bus routes formerly run by First, after its withdrawal from Northampton in September last year.
They will run on route 5 between Southfields, Weston Favell Centre, the town centre, Sixfields, Duston and St Giles; route 10 between Parklands, Kettering Road, the town centre, London Road, Mereway and West Hunsbury; route 15 between Acre Lane, Kingsthorpe and the town centre, and route 36 between Horton Gates/Piddington, Hackleton, Wootton and the town centre.
Steve Burd, managing director of Stagecoach Midlands said “This is the largest single investment in new buses for Northampton’s bus network and represents an unprecedented upgrade in the quality of vehicles being provided to passengers in the town.
“We believe that our investment will encourage more people to try the bus and persuade them that travelling by bus not only makes environmental sense but is also a cost effective means of transport.”
County councillor Michael Clarke (Con, Hackleton and Grange Park), cabinet member for transport, said: “I am delighted to see such a customer-focused operator further upgrading the service that it offers to the people of Northamptonshire. The improved accessibility will provide new travel opportunities for many.”