Mary King to front £1.5m bus launch in Sidmouth

13:05 24 December 2012

Coming to Sidmouth: Mary King will be on board a vintage horse-drawn omnibus from Stagecoach co-founder and chief executive Sir Brian Souter’s personal collection.

Coming to Sidmouth: Mary King will be on board a vintage horse-drawn omnibus from Stagecoach co-founder and chief executive Sir Brian Souter’s personal collection.

Archant

SIDMOUTH will host the launch of a £1.5million fleet of new double-decker buses next month – with an appearance from Olympic hero Mary King.

Stagecoach has organised an event on the Esplanade on Tuesday, January 8, after investing in eight state-of-the-art vehicles for the popular 52 service that runs through the town.

Eventing ace and special guest Mary will be on board a vintage horse-drawn omnibus from Stagecoach co-founder and chief executive Sir Brian Souter’s personal collection.

The London 2012 silver medallist and the omnibus will lead a procession involving a quartet of the new buses along the seafront.

Invited guests can choose between a vintage or 21st Century travel experience.

All of the new vehicles present will sport a special livery depicting a variety of Sidmouth scenes.

Stagecoach South West this week announced the purchase of the vehicles for the 52 route - which runs between Exeter, Sidmouth, Seaton and Honiton and is popular with both residents and visitors.

The firm says the move represents a total investment of £1.5million and demonstrates its continued commitment to Devon’s public transport services.

The new buses all meet latest Euro 5 low emissions standards.

‘Delighted’ Michelle Hargreaves, managing director of Stagecoach South West, said: “We have been able to demonstrate that, despite the challenging economic climate, we are still spending on new buses to provide an even better service to our customers.”

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highways and transportation and chairman of Sidmouth Town Council, added: “The Service 52 has been a real success story with increasing patronage on an important link across East Devon.

“This new investment from Stagecoach is very welcome and shows confidence in this thriving route. These are state of the art buses which should attract more passengers to explore and see what Sidmouth and other towns along the route have to offer.”

Festivities on January 8 will begin at 11am.

0 comments

Other News Stories

2 minutes ago
The loss of Zebedee has hit staff at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park hard.

Staff distraught as long term resident Zebedee dies aged 29

Read more
44 minutes ago
The former SES stationery shop of Sidmouth. Ref shs 7143-42-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The new owner of Sidmouth’s SES building has revealed how his ambitious plans to renovate the ‘eyesore’ have been tied in red tape for six months – with no end in sight.

Read more

Fire fighters called out to assist with unstable scaffolding on Arlington Hotel.

Read more
13:24

Developers seek to turn part of the pub into housing with new application

Read more
WESC intern Harry Roberts and manager Sharon Green

Working at charity shop and social enterprise gives visually impaired young people hands-on work experience – and has one intern aspiring to manage a store of his own.

Read more
Gale force winds are forecast for the festive week ahead.

Region can expect strong gusts in exposed and coastal areas through tonight (Monday) and tomorrow.

Read more
Jo Earlam from Tipton St john, who is running the New York marathon next month to raise money for 10 charities, seen here after completing her first marathon in London in 2005

The finish line is in sight for a long-distance runner who is set to clock up her 50th marathon just after a milestone birthday.

Read more
Katie Burke (front centre) samples her ‘Katie’s Strawberry Shortcake’ flavour gelato with the other four finalists and (back left to right): Owner 	of Antonio’s, Tony Badcott; Emma Chandler and Andy Williams from 		Exmouth RNLI.

A seven-year-old Exmouth schoolgirl has won a competition to create a flavour of ice cream to be sold at Antonio’s in The Strand.

Read more

Fire fighters received reports of a boiler exploding at Swimbridge property on Saturday.

Read more
10:22
NHS logo

It is all systems go for the transformation of Budleigh Salterton Hospital into a health and wellbeing hub, after NHS bosses gave the final go-ahead.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Family Notices 24


Devon's trusted business finder