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FirstGroup passenger numbers soar since fare cuts


FirstGroup bus division says it is carrying 100,000 passengers a week more than this time last year. Fare cuts have driven increased overall revenue on the buses of Britain’s biggest operator, FirstGroup, which has announced a £70m order for 425 new vehicles for delivery in the coming year.

All of the new vehicles will be equipped with Icomera Wi-Fi, a free service for passengers. Giles Fearnley, managing director of First’s bus division, said that the Wi-Fi already on around 1,000 of its 6,400-strong bus fleet, had been “a real strengthening of the bus proposition”, allowing passengers to use travel time effectively.

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