A bus company has announced that it will be investing £70 million in new vehicles.
Stagecoach, which provides services across the North-east, has ordered a new fleet of around 340 vehicles.
Most are equipped with free wi-fi and will be introduced in the next 12 months.
The buses will be put into service across the UK and are included in the firm’s megabus.com network.
Almost half of the new vehicles meet the Government’s low carbon emission bus specification, while about two-thirds feature innovative stop-start technology to boost fuel consumption and cut emissions.
Most of the buses will be built in the UK and, as well as free wi-fi to connect to the internet, the majority will have CCTV fitted and USB charging points.
The first of the new vehicles will be delivered this spring.
Stagecoach Group chief executive Martin Griffiths said: “Our focus is on practical improvements to make travel even better for our customers.
“These latest vehicle orders are an important part of our strategy to encourage even more people to take the bus.”