10 is the magic number as Arriva and Hertfordshire County Council invest £1.5m in bus provision in Watford

Posted: 1 March 2013 | Arriva | No comments yet

On Friday 1 March, Arriva unveiled 10 brand new buses for service 10 in Watford…

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On Friday 1 March, Arriva unveiled 10 brand new buses for service 10 in Watford. The investment in new buses is part of an exciting project with Arriva and Hertfordshire County Council working together to offer improved bus services in the Watford area. The launch of the new buses and a new improved timetable for service 10 is the first step in a partnership that will improve passenger experiences.

Service 10 is key local service; it plays a vital role in linking huge residential areas of the town with employment areas, health services including the hospital, leisure opportunities and also acts as a commuter service with excellent links to Watford Junction station.

The new buses are fully-accessible and have more-comfortable seats and environmentally-friendly engines which meet the latest stringent regulations on exhaust emissions. The new service will now operate up to every 10 minutes during the day and a weekly ticket is only £10. For more infrequent users there is also a 10 trip ticket for just £10.

With the cost of fuel still on the increase, these improvements offer a real alternative to the car for trips into the busy town centre of Watford for work, shopping or just a great day out.

Arriva’s Managing Director, Paul Adcock, said “I’m delighted that we are investing in our network in Watford. This key partnership with Herts County Council is a great way of bus companies and local authorities working together to create a more positive experience for the customer. With their colourful design, and great value tickets and a frequent service, the improvements and investment should really encourage people to try the bus and see the difference.”

Councillor Stuart Pile, Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Arriva to improve service 10 for the residents of Watford. This project is just one of many that the county council is currently investing in as part of the BigHertsBigIdeas scheme; a package of projects aimed at supporting local economic growth and reducing carbon emissions in Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans.”

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