Thamesdown Transport has unveiled the names for their six new Wrightbus StreetLite buses, which were chosen by local Swindon residents.
The buses, which are named Queen Berengaria, Queen Boadicea, Prince of Wales, Prince Albert, Princess Mary and Princess Patricia, will be serving the North Swindon community on Services 15 and 15a from today.
Five of the buses spent the summer months in London working on the Games Family bus services for the Olympic games organisers LOCOG, pictured right.
Continuing Thamesdown’s tradition, the buses are named after Great Western locomotives which were built at the Swindon Works, in this case the Star class. They are equipped with Thamesdown’s bus stop announcing, real-time information and nine camera CCTV systems. They also feature Thamesdown’s latest livery.
Launching the buses at the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon, Thamesdown Transport MD Paul Jenkins, said: “We’re very pleased to have these buses back from the Olympics and to now officially name them after such a proud part of our town’s history.
“We hope people will look out for these buses as they travel across Swindon and know that they played a part in naming the newest members of our fleet.”
The Northern Ireland built Wrightbus StreetLites are smaller and lighter than many of the older vehicles that Thamesdown own, but still retain the same seating capacity as before due to clever engineering. They conform to Euro V emissions standards and so are more environmentally friendly. Their lighter weight – due to their aluminium construction – also means they will offer more miles per gallon than Thamesdown’s larger buses, saving on running costs.
For more information on Thamesdown’s fleet, visit www.thamesdownbus.com