Melton bus passengers can play their part in naming some of Arriva’s brand new fleet of double-deck eco buses, including a number which will serve the Melton area.
Having invested £6m in the delivery of 35 new vehicles to bolster routes serving Melton, Blaby, Lutterworth, Enderby and Narborough, Arriva is keen to officially mark their arrival by giving 10 of the fleet an individual and unique identity that will aptly reflect the local community. It’s understood two or three of these newly-named buses will serve the Melton area.
Arriva is asking its Melton customers to submit their thoughts on notable people who hail from the Melton area who they think deserve to be immortalised by having their name put on the outside of the buses.
The deadline for nominations is August 3, with the winning entries unveiled on August 18.
Arriva’s area managing director Simon Mathieson said: “We’re hoping these new vehicles will make a real difference to our customers in Leicestershire, but to make sure they truly become part of the community we wanted to instil some local pride in them by naming each one in honour of some the county’s most deserving individuals.
“If they’ve achieved something outstanding which you think is worthy of some real applause then we can help you do just that by having their names appear on the outside of one of our buses.”
Arriva say its new eco buses will ‘provide premium level comfort and connectivity for customers with E-Leather seating and USB charging points as standard, but will also be the greenest diesel buses in the county, featuring the very latest low-emission engines and stop-start technology.’
Routes receiving new vehicles include the 5/5A Leicester to Melton service.
Naming suggestions should fall into the following categories: star local hero, star sportsperson, star charity worker, star musician and star youngster.
The top ten names will go on buses across the fleet, with two more buses being named by Arriva’s local employees.
To nominate someone email their name and your reasons why to firstname.lastname@example.org, contact Arriva via Facebook or Twitter or visit the website at https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/stars