Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine will be lending her voice to a fleet of new luxury buses for the North West.

The 14 newly built Witchway express buses will take passengers from East Lancashire to the heart of Manchester and have been created thanks to a £3.8 million investment by regional bus operator Transdev.

Meanwhile Jennie, best known for playing Fiz Brown on ITV’s Coronation Street, will be providing a voiceover to welcoming passengers onto the buses.

She said: “These Witchway buses are amazing – there are so many features packed inside every bus, it’s just like flying first class, with all the luxury anyone could ever want to go in style.

“I’m so proud to be the warm Northern voice welcoming everyone on board these fantastic new buses, and hopefully making sure no-one misses their stop!”

Jennie and CEO Alex Hornby inside one of the buses

The new buses will enter service from Sunday December 13 and will travel on the route linking Burnley and Rawtenstall with Manchester.

The company says that they will feature luxury seating, spacious table spaces, tinted windows, superfast wi-fi and much more.

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said: “We make it our mission to create buses that people want to be seen on. The new Witchway and our new, unique Sky Class specification raises the bar higher than ever in both comfort and style, all amounting to a journey experience like no other.

“British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis describes them as the highest specification they’ve ever been asked to build, and that was our vision from concept to reality.

“Already our customers and colleagues have described these amazing new buses as something more befitting what they would expect from a five-star hotel, which we know will complement the friendly welcome from our Witchway team that we’re already famous for.

“We know people have a choice in how they travel, and we believe the new Sky Class features will attract many new faces to join the regulars who already use Witchway every day.”

A brand new Transdev bus

More details of times and value fare options for day, week or longer travel on Witchway and the Transdev network are available online at: