New rainbow one buses show their X Factor at launch


The voice of the X-Factor, Peter Dickson, has introduced the new stars of the trentbarton fleet.

Destined for our busy rainbow one and rapid one routes into Nottingham, the first of 16 new buses were unveiled at a special event in the city. The talent show announcer was joined by local business leaders, customers and staff invited to Nottingham Castle for a close-up look at the new vehicles that represent a £2 million plus investment by trentbarton.

Alex Hornby, our Marketing and Communications Director, explained: “Everyone was really impressed with the new buses that feature free 4G Wi-Fi, built-in USB power sockets, next stop announcement system, double glazing, and cosy, comfy seats with leather headrests. They certainly have the X Factor.

“Guests at the event were also delighted when Peter took to the microphone on board a bus to make a few impromptu announcements.”

Using the announcement system he told passengers on board the first of the new buses: “These really are fantastic vehicles. I am a bus fan and regularly use them around my home in London. “I’m delighted that my voice has featured on a bus for the first time and proud to be helping a business with such a rich 100-year plus history. However I can help wondering what were they running in 1913? Talking donkeys?”

Over the next few weeks, the British-built Optare Versa vehicles will enter service on routes that connect Alfreton, Ripley and Heanor with Nottingham – coinciding with a new Sunday service on the fast rapid one route into the city.

Alex added: “We’re sure they’ll prove a big hit with our band of regular customers, as well tempting even more people to take the bus around the local into the city.”

Watch our interview with Peter Dickson and what he thinks about being the voice of our buses here


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