New £3million Arriva bus depot for Rhyl
Welsh cabinet secretary for economy and infrastructure Ken Skates launched a new £3million Arriva Buses Wales depot in Rhyl last week.
The new depot has been designed using best practise for heating, water and lighting, according to Arriva, and environmentally-friendly features include a solar PV system generating electricity whenever the sun shines, LED lighting throughout the whole facility enabling energy reductions by at least 60 per cent, and motion detection lighting. A new drive-through bus washing machine includes a water recycling system, and sky lights in the workshop mean there will be no need to switch lights on in summer.
The Minister and guests at Rhyl depot also saw a prototype of the New Bus for Wales, a Sapphire double-deck, one of 13 which will be operating in Wrexham from May.
Visitors were also introduced to the new ONEArriva initiative at Rhyl Interchange, launched in partnership with Denbighshire county council which promises integrated ticketing between Arriva Trains Wales and Arriva Buses Wales.
“The opening of Rhyl depot is a real milestone in our efforts to take environmentally-friendly action and look for new ways of reducing Arriva’s impact on the planet’s resources, as part of our wider strategy with Destination Green,” says Arriva Buses Wales managing director Michael Morton.
Destination Green is an initiative of Arriva parent company Deutsche Bahn.
“We are very proud of the finished project and are committed to providing quality services, not only for our customers but for our staff so they can continue to thrive in Wales,” adds Morton.
Since 2009, Arriva Buses Wales says it has invested more than £25million in new buses, refurbishment, introduction of free wi-fi and audio-visual next-stop announcements in partnership with local authority partners and the Welsh Government.