Striking Lakeland livery for new 555 service
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire will launch a new fleet of 12 high-spec buses on the 555 route between Keswick and Lancaster next month. The launch will coincide with an increased timetable with more frequent services which start on 3 July 2016 and represents an investment of £2.5 million. The new fleet will operate on the A591, promoted as ‘Britain’s Best Drive’ taking in some of the most picturesque scenery in the Lake District.
The new ADL Enviro400s have a unique livery and internal design provided by Best Impressions which includes murals of Lakeland scenes and ceiling cove illustrations of some of the area’s wildlife.
“We are really excited about launching our new and enhanced vehicles which will continue to provide an essential service for the many visitors who use public transport during their holiday,” says Matthew Cranwell, managing director, Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire. “As many will appreciate this is a journey, which can only truly be savoured when you’re not stuck behind the wheel yourself – so those who travel on the new ‘555 Lakes Connection’ service are in for a real treat with this truly first class experience.”
Ray Stenning, design director, Best Impressions, adds: “My team pulled out all the stops to make this route through the spine of the Lake District really resonate with the area it serves and promote the bus as the best way to experience these gorgeous landscapes and attractions. It oozes Lake District style and class and will look magnificent in that magnificent scenery.”
Stagecoach is introducing the buses to passengers in the area this week with displays in Kendal, Ambleside and Keswick.