Arriva Micro Hybrids for Kent route

Arriva Micro Hybrids for Kent route Arriva Micro Hybrids for Kent route
Arriva Southern Counties has taken delivery of its first new vehicles for this year, with the arrival of 16 Wrightbus StreetLite Micro Hybrids valued at £2.29million. The buses have wi-fi, e-leather seating and LED interior lighting. Twelve are based in Gillingham and four in Maidstone. Eight of the Gillingham buses replace one-year-old Optare Versas which are being transferred to other routes.

Arriva’s regional publicity manager, Richard Lewis, says: “We are always pleased to take new buses into the fleet and we are looking forward to seeing the benefits of the micro hybrid system which should deliver significant benefits in fuel efficiency, as well as much-reduced carbon emissions.

“Although these are the first low-carbon single-deckers in the fleet we have been running Volvo B5LH diesel-electric hybrid double-deckers at Maidstone for just over a year and the StreetLites will help to further improve air quality in and around the town.”

More StreetLite Micro Hybrids are due later this year for a new Sapphire service linking Gravesend, Bluewater and Dartford.