Cheshire Cat Busses
Margaret Tye brought this to our notice. Warrington now has it’s own “Cheshire Cat” route. The following appeared in the local press:
Warrington’s ‘Own Buses’ ordered thirteen Alexander Dennis Enviro200 midibuses in January of this year. The new “Cheshire Cat” buses have now entered service, and represent the final component of a wider improvement package for the bus network in the south of Warrington.
The first bus, 201, entered service on Tuesday 18th April 2018. On the following Saturday (April 21st), the new buses were formally launched at a special Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Golden Square Shopping Centre. The event was sponsored by the manufacturer of the buses, Alexander Dennis.
Complimentary WiFi is also available, which passengers can enjoy from the comfort of their dual purpose seat. The modular seating is fitted with a smart blue and red cloth moquette to match the new standard livery, with the seat backs featuring an “entertainment pod”.
The “pods” consist of a USB charging point, a reading light and a retractable stand for mobile phones, with “pods” on seat backs adjoining the aisle also fitted with a stop request button. The seat backs have been covered in fabric, with e-leather on the side panelling.
At the rear of each bus, there is a new “communal area”, where a wraparound sofa replaces the usual modular seating, which has been specified based on from feedback from Warrington’s Own Buses’ customers.
In addition, a “The Cheshire Cat” timetable booklet has been released, with all of the route timetables and nearby attractions included in one guide. Bus stops along the network have also been updated with the new branding.
It all sounds wonderful, worth a trip to Warrington just to ride on the buses!