Arriva launches new double-decks for Southend

Arriva has launched 18 Enviro400 double-deck buses in Southend, representing an investment of £3.8million. The 73-seat buses have free 4G wi-fi, USB charging points and eco-leather seats. The buses will run between Rayleigh, Thundersley, Hadleigh, Leigh, Westcliff, Southend, Southchurch, Bournes Green, Thorpe Bay and Shoeburyness. 

“Travelling by bus will now be a much more luxurious and convenient experience," says Ant Comber, Arriva general manager, Southend. "USB charging points built into seats mean you can check emails, catch up with friends or simply charge your phone or tablet. This is a huge investment for the area and we are very proud to be bringing such a quality service to Southend.”

The buses were officially launched at an event held at the Southend depot, followed by a ride to the Cliffs Pavilion. Guests at the launch event included James Duddridge, MP for Rochford and Southend East, councillor Judith McMahon, mayor of Southend-on-Sea, and representatives from Rochford, Castle Point and Rayleigh councils.