It’s time for an upgrade for the iconic 50 bus route which is one of the busiest routes in Europe carrying over five and a half million people every year.

In December brand new Platinum buses were slowly introduced as part of National Express West Midlands’ £22 million pound investment in 75 brand-new vehicles.

To celebrate the company used a drone and the brand new buses to create a number 50 at Sainsbury’s in Maypole which is on the buses route.

Nick Vane, the bus operator’s Commercial Director, said: “We already know that our customers love the top-spec Platinum double deckers – with extra leg room, free wi-fi and USB chargers. When we asked them what they thought, overall satisfaction across all the Platinum routes was 94%. And where we’ve upgraded bus routes to Platinum, we’ve attracted new customers.

“These beautiful buses are our pledge as part of the West Midlands Bus Alliance – to increase the amount of people taking the bus, to keep our customers happy and to keep the air clean across the West Midlands.

“As well as being good news for our passengers, these new Platinum buses are great news for the environment. The engines inside them are smart hybrids – some of the cleanest on the market. They emit extremely low levels of the pollutant nitrogen oxide, so they are better for people’s lungs.”

All of the Platinum buses National Express West Midlands use are all built to order in Britain by manufacture Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL).