Mainline livery returns to the Potteries with a jazzy new Minton flooring design
The coming together of four organisations with experience, ambition and a vision to introduce a new flooring design has exceeded all expectations in the Potteries. There will be 25, 11.5 metre Streetlite single deck buses showcasing the design, with a full interior refurbishment and shiny new paint finish to the exterior. The buses are scheduled to be completed by mid-April and an official launch is being planned for 12 April outside Hanley bus station.
Once all 25 buses have been completed they will be running on routes 3 & 4 serving local communities in Hanley, Burslem, Kidsgrove and Tunstall.
The initial idea was brought about through a conversation with Ray Stenning of Best Impressions and local First Potteries MD Nigel Eggleton before getting Altro and Bus and Coach World involved. The complex flooring design was a challenge to produce and fit but through the close collaboration of all involved and a special mention to Billy Greenwood, who fitted the flooring at Bus and Coach World, the end result is a statement and perfect tribute to the Minton legacy from years gone by in the Potteries area.
Nigel Eggleton, Managing Director at First Potteries (in main picture) said;” I am really pleased with the new livery and floor design and I am sure it will be very well received by our customers across the Potteries area.
“This project is a great example of how when you pull on the experience, ideas and industry knowledge to produce something a little bit different, you can achieve great things. I want to thank Ray and the teams at Altro and Bus and Coach World for there commitment and dedication in delivering a quality finish that we can now showcase to the residents of the Potteries who I am sure will be proud of their new bus offering”
David Brailsford, New product introduction manager at Altro said:
“When Ray Stenning of Best Impressions approached us to discuss the designs for the flooring on the First Potteries Bus project we were thrilled.
"To be involved in such an exciting development to create unique vehicles that reflect the heritage of the Potteries was an amazing opportunity and a great chance to showcase the Altro Transflor Metris Custom printed flooring. We were able to replicate Ray’s designs and bring them to life in digitally printed flooring. Working closely with the First Bus, Best Impressions, and the installation team from Bus and Coach World, the designs came together to support the creation of a unique and stunning fleet of vehicles that really put the Potteries on the map”
Rob Hilton of Bus and Coach World said:
"This was a great project to work on and certainly a first in relation to the floor design. I am really pleased with the trim on the seats and colour coordination which really compliments the Minton floor design.
Ray Stenning of Best Impressions said;
"Local bus services are exactly that – local, bespoke and with an artisan bent. Synergy with and tribute to local energies, character and zeitgeist can bring relevance, meaning and pride, encouraging ownership and use. So it was entirely appropriate to pay tribute of the great tile-making traditions of the area and, using modern technologies, recreate a Minton style tile floor for these buses that run right through the heart of the Potteries towns.
"Inspired by these iconic patterns and working with the expert team at Altro, who were keen to make sure our designs not only looked ace but were totally practical, this uncannily realistic floor makes a bold statement of local pride by First Potteries for the travelling public of the area. Best Impressions creates desire for bus travel in style, even though people will just walk all over it!"