Video: New £700,000 bus fleet to run between Skegness, Horncastle and Lincoln

A NEW fleet of buses worth £700,000 have been launched which will ferry passengers between Skegness, Horncastle and Lincoln.

Stagecoach unveiled five new state-of-the-art double-deckers on the seafront in Skegness yesterday (Thursday).

Pictured at the unveiling of the new �700,000 bus fleet on Tower Esplanade, Skegness, are (from left) William Webb, Skegness Mayor Steve Kirk, Gary Nolan (Stagecoach in Lincolnshire's managing director), Mark Mageean and Karl Vernon. Photo by Philip Murray.

Pictured at the unveiling of the new �700,000 bus fleet on Tower Esplanade, Skegness, are (from left) William Webb, Skegness Mayor Steve Kirk, Gary Nolan (Stagecoach in Lincolnshire's managing director), Mark Mageean and Karl Vernon. Photo by Philip Murray.

Skegness Mayor Steve Kirk cut a ribbon on one of the buses’ entry doors to signal their arrival shortly before noon.

And the new fleet wasted no time in entering service, with the first already plying its trade on the InterConnect 6 service by 1pm.

The new buses feature luxury leather seating, are fully accessible to buggies and wheelchairs and feature low emission engines.

Welcoming their introduction to the fleet, Stagecoach in Lincolnshire’s managing director, Gary Nolan, said: “The economy of Skegness relies on visitors; the partnership on InterConnect 6 is a real success story bringing over 100,000 of them to the town each year. “These new buses with their luxuriuous features will attract even more people to the service and help to keep the local economy on track.”

The five buses will all operate on the InterConnect 6 service, which links Skegness with Horncastle and Lincoln.

The vehicles are branded with images from each of the main destinations on their route - including images of the Jolly Fisherman fountain and the Clock Tower in Skegness, and Lincoln Cathedral.

The new buses are the latest investment on this key transport route. Fifteen years ago the service ran six times a day on old vehicles, but today operates every hour with its new state-of-the-art buses.

News of the investment comes shortly after Stagecoach announced plans for a 5.5 per cent rise in average bus fares in the area. The firm has blamed sky-rocketing fuel costs and significant cuts in government subsidies for the rise.