New Sky Class buses welcomed in East Lancashire and Manchester

A £3.8million investment by Transdev in luxury ‘Sky Class’ buses for its key link between East Lancashire and Manchester aims to prepare for the region’s recovery beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new fleet of 14 double-deck vehicles, built to Transdev’s latest ‘Sky Class’ specification, entered service a month ago on the Witchway express between Burnley, Rawtenstall and Manchester.

And despite the current Government restrictions on non-essential travel, East Lancashire’s politicians are optimistic that the investment will pay dividends when customers are able to return.

Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham says: “I’m delighted to see this major investment by Transdev – local transport connections have such an important role to play in levelling up, across not only Burnley and Padiham but the whole county of Lancashire.

“Our daily journeys for work or leisure are about so much more than just getting from A to B – they are the key to accessing skilled jobs and opportunities, boosting local businesses and unlocking economic growth, and that’s particularly the case for this service linking Burnley with Manchester.”

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby says: “Bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis describes our Witchway buses as the highest specification they’ve ever been asked to build, and that was our vision from the outset. We believe our unique ‘Sky Class’ specification will attract people to switch from the car and train, by creating buses people are proud to be seen on.”