Stagecoach West is celebrating 25 years of providing bus services throughout the region.
And to mark the occasion the bus company has given two of its double deckers a special silver anniversary makeover.
The eye-catching livery, in sparkling silver, blue and red, includes the slogan: “Celebrating 25 years of Stagecoach West” and the two bus will operate in and around the Gloucester and Swindon areas.
When Stagecoach West was formed in 1993 Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd President of the United States, Ford motor company launched its new Mondeo hatchback car and the Queen opened Buckingham Palace to the public for the first time.
Over the last quarter of a century Stagecoach West has grown to operate 300 buses throughout Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, South Herefordshire, South Gloucestershire and North Bristol.
Stagecoach West’s Managing Director Rupert Cox said: “It has been an exciting 25 years for our company and during that time we have seen Stagecoach West grow and the level of service we provide our customers continue to rise.
“We now operate buses that are much more environmentally friendly. We have invested heavily in our latest fleet of Stagecoach Gold buses which cost £250,000 each and have the latest engine technology which means a reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions and other particulates by 90 per cent compared to the buses they are replacing.
“We have introduced many other features on our buses for the comfort and convenience of our customers. These include low floor bus access for wheelchairs and buggies, smart card and contactless ticketing and real time bus information.
“We have added Wi-Fi and USB charging points to many of our buses because we recognise how important it is for our customers to keep in touch whilst they are on the go.
“At Stagecoach West our staff are at the heart of everything we do. That is why we provide them with greater levels of training so we can give our customers the standard of service they have a right to expect.
“Our company has been on an incredible journey over the last 25 years but we eagerly look forward to the future.”
Stagecoach West’s 25-year timeline
1993 – Stagecoach West is born when Stagecoach acquires Western Travel
1996 – First low floor step-free bus enters service
2002 – New bus service begins for the University of Gloucestershire
2004 – New buses launched on 94 route between Gloucester and Cheltenham with real-time information at bus stops in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council
2007 – Bus network expanded in the Forest of Dean and Dukes Travel acquired by Stagecoach
2009 – 94 route becomes first double decker Gold route in Stagecoach
2013 – All local bus services fully converted to low floor step-free buses
2014 – Stagecoach West makes record investment in buses in Cheltenham with 24 new buses for routes D/E, 41 and 94U
2016 – Brand new £3.5 million bus depot opened in Swindon
2017 – New Bristol depot opened and contactless payments launched across all services
2018 – Stagecoach makes record investment in new buses in Swindon with 22 new Gold double deckers on routes S6 and 55. Stagecoach West launches Arle Court Park & Ride in Cheltenham. New £7.5m Gloucester Transport Hub opens.