Pride of Rayleigh bus launched

Echo: Mark Francois MP and Rayleigh Town Council Chairman launch The Pride of Rayleigh Mark Francois MP and Rayleigh Town Council Chairman launch The Pride of Rayleigh

RAYLEIGH residents and bus users in the Southend area will now be treated to a stunning aerial image of Rayleigh town centre on the back their bus.

‘The Pride of Rayleigh’, an Arriva bus on the One service, was launched this week, adorned with the image taken by town council chairman Ian Ward.

The photo was taken looking down from the tower of Holy Trinity Church at the top of Rayleigh High Street and features the town’s windmill in centre stage.

Mr Ward was delighted at seeing his handiwork on the bus for the first time.

He said: “I’m extremely proud of having provided the unique photograph of Rayleigh which sits on the number 1 bus named The Pride of Rayleigh.

“It is a unique concept to give buses individuality and I applaud the enterprise of Arriva in the way they localise the services they provide to our community.”

The bus is one of 16 new vehicles purchased in 2013 as Arriva invested £2million in new stock for the One service that links Rayleigh with Southend and Shoebury, running every ten minutes.

Mark Francois, MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, helped launch the bus with Mr Ward and praised the service Arriva offers.

He said: “May God bless this bus and all who ride in her!

“Buses are very important to my constituents and so it is good to see Arriva investing in modern vehicles in order to provide local residents with an up to date and reliable service.”

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9:30am Wed 26 Mar 14

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

Shame all the fleet of the Arriva buses aren't all of the same standard. The clapped out buses on routes 7,8 and 5 are disgraceful.
Shame all the fleet of the Arriva buses aren't all of the same standard. The clapped out buses on routes 7,8 and 5 are disgraceful. Alice in Her Own Land :P
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9:58am Wed 26 Mar 14

Public Inconvenience says...

Arriva could do with replacing the buses on Service 29 too, it is touch and go if they will make the whole journey sometimes.
Arriva could do with replacing the buses on Service 29 too, it is touch and go if they will make the whole journey sometimes. Public Inconvenience
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10:13am Wed 26 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Bring back the Old Green Eastern National Double Deckers that The area used to have....I hate you Butler.
Bring back the Old Green Eastern National Double Deckers that The area used to have....I hate you Butler. DogsMessInLeigh
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10:34am Wed 26 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Bring back the Old Green Eastern National Double Deckers that The area used to have....I hate you Butler.
There are a lot of aspects of daily life that should be revived.

But it's never going to happen. :(
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Bring back the Old Green Eastern National Double Deckers that The area used to have....I hate you Butler.[/p][/quote]There are a lot of aspects of daily life that should be revived. But it's never going to happen. :( Kim Gandy
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12:39pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Nebs says...

All public transport should be free, paid for out of general taxation.
All public transport should be free, paid for out of general taxation. Nebs
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