Bus operator Dartline is upgrading some of its fleet in order to reduce emissions on one of the county’s longer-distance bus services.
The company is introducing two new “Optare Solo” buses on the 20 service from Seaton to Taunton, which travels via Honiton. The 37-seater vehicles have Euro6 engines, which have the lowest possible emissions for a diesel engine.
The 20 service is funded by Devon County Council and is one of the longest routes of any supported bus service in the county.
Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for transport, said: “We very much welcome Dartline’s investment in new buses with cleaner engines on one of our longest supported services. This is a key route between Devon and Somerset it makes sense to invest in efficient vehicles. I’m sure passengers will appreciate the upgraded service with the new buses also offering USB charging points.”
David Hounslow, Managing Director, Dartline Coaches, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Devon County Council and to be making this worthwhile investment in our fleet. This demonstrates our commitment to provide high quality, low emission, public transport across Devon.”