Bus operator Stagecoach has ploughed £6.8m into high-tech public transport in Merseyside and South Lancashire.

The smart-tech double-deckers have free WiFi and USB charging points, and all are equipped with leather seats and audio CCTV.

Eco-friendly, the addition of the buses to the firm’s Liverpool to Kirby 20 and 21 services will bring total investment in its fleet over the last 18 months to £17m.

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According to Stagecoach, the investment will result in greater cost-efficiency and sustainability – thanks to advanced start/stop technology, which cuts down on fuel usage and emissions.

Managing director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire Rob Jones, told Bdaily: “We’re very pleased to be upgrading and investing in our fleet to ensure we’re able to continue to offer passengers the very best, fully equipped, sustainable buses.

“Ensuring we’re regularly updating and improving our fleet means we’re able to operate a more sustainable, efficient and cost-effective service. This has wider positive implications for our team, our passengers and the environment and we’re very pleased to have this great new fleet operational and on the roads.”