A NEW bus route to serve Warndon, Brickfields and Blackpole into the city centre has been launched by First Bus amid a fanfare of music from the city’s favourite son Edward Elgar.
The bus company took to the streets outside the Guildhall to celebrate the new bus route, which will have five buses with fully refurbished interiors including new flooring, seating and charging points for passengers to use.
Bus chiefs have named the route ‘Nimrod’ and the buses reflect this with themed décor to commemorate Edward Elgar’s composition of the same name.
To launch the service in the city in which Elgar once lived, First Bus Group teamed up with the Elgar School of Music who performed three 40-minute sets of Elgar’s music composed of piano, strings and vocals outside the Guildhall.
Information about the route was available at the event, as well as freebies and special ‘Nimrod’ bus biscuits.
Among those at the launch was city MP Robin Walker, who said: “I know this improved service will make a significant difference to my constituents.
“For commuters, leisurely visitors and the elderly bus services can provide essential access to the wonderful shops, cafes and restaurants in the city and I am pleased with the launch of a new bus route, with five totally refurbished buses.
“Public transportation is a vital part of urban and rural communities as it provides an easy, fast and environmentally friendly option for travel.
“This service specifically will increase access for those who live on the east/north east sides of the city, whilst the soon-to-be-completed works at Worcestershire Parkway will streamline access to public transport for those on the west side of Worcester. I was delighted to see First Bus Group use this launch to tip their hats to Edward Elgar, one of our city’s greatest figures.
“It was an honour to listen to the orchestra and be out and about in the city hearing concerns of constituents over a Nimrod bus biscuit.”