ADL delivering 92 buses to Go Cornwall
Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) is providing 92 new buses to Go-Ahead Group subsidiary Go Cornwall Bus. Already 44 Enviro200s have been delivered against exceptionally short lead times for the start of a new tendered bus network. They will initially operate to a reduced timetable for essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Go Cornwall Bus commenced services on the Transport for Cornwall network on 29 March, less than three months after it was announced by Cornwall County Council as the new operator of all its tendered bus services.
A further 48 buses, including 17 Enviro400 double deckers, will follow in coming months. These were initially expected by June but their completion may be delayed by the temporary suspension of production at ADL’s British manufacturing sites in response to government advice on social distancing.
Martin Brailey, Regional Sales Director London & the South at ADL, said: “Setting up the new Transport for Cornwall network in less than three months would have been a formidable task even without the impact of current events, but Go Cornwall Bus have fully risen to this challenge. We are proud to have been chosen to provide the new fleet of buses, and our flexibility and ability to support customers’ requirements allowed us to have 44 of them ready in a matter of weeks.”
Richard Stevens, Managing Director, Go Cornwall Bus and Plymouth Citybus, said: “With tight timescales for the contract the two biggest worries would be getting enough drivers and buses. The deal for 92 new buses eased the strain of the second, although a huge amount of work has gone into getting a brand new fleet on the road for the 29 March 2020. With the reduction in service due to COVID-19, we have managed to not use any borrowed buses, but go live with what is a brand new fleet. We look forward to phase two and for Transport for Cornwall having the newest fleet in the country.”