Bus operator Stagecoach says that a £650,000 investment in new vehicles for its Carlisle-Whitehaven route has paid off.

Passenger numbers on the 300 service have risen “noticeably” since the four double deckers, branded Stagecoach Gold, arrived in August 2013 complete with high-backed Lazzarini leather seats and free Wi-Fi powered by Icomera.

Now Stagecoach has commissioned a survey which shows passenger satisfaction levels have surpassed all expectations.

98% of passengers surveyed said they were happy with the upgraded service while 99% said they would definitely recommend it to a friend.