ADLs dominate Stagecoach order
ADLs form the bulk of the latest fleet investment by Stagecoach Group, which sees it spend over £80m on 351 PCVs. The new vehicles are to be introduced in the 2019-20 financial year.
Caetano Levantes on Volvo B11R chassis and Volvo B11RLE-based Plaxton Panoramas are included in the order. The 22 coaches are to go on the operator’s UK Bus, Scottish Citylink and megabus.com operations.
The order includes 48 electric buses, which are part-funded by the UK Government’s Green Bus Fund. They are to go into service in Manchester and South Wales. There were also 131 low-floor double-deckers ordered, as well as around 95 single-deckers and 28 midibuses. Also included is a fleet of 12 new double-deckers for the Cambridge Guided Busway, delivering more capacity than ever before on this service, with each carrying 100 passengers.
Around three-quarters of the new vehicles will be fitted with audio visual display systems which provide next-stop information. Each of the new vehicles will also be fitted with CCTV, and USB charging points, while most will also have wifi installed.
Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: “This is a huge investment by the private sector in providing better mobility and better air quality in local communities. It follows other significant investment that we’ve made in smart ticketing, improved information for customers and digital technology.
“Delivering better bus services is a shared responsibility and it is absolutely essential that this commitment is matched by urgent action by local authorities to address the growing gridlock in our towns and cities. Without action on congestion, local people will not enjoy the full benefits of this investment and people’s quality of life, health and our economy will continue to be damaged by too many cars on the road.”
Order break down
Stagecoach’s latest fleet investment includes:
131 ADL MMC Enviro400s
95 10.8m ADL MMC Enviro200s with the Cummins four-cylinder engine
28 11.8m ADL MMC Enviro200s with Cummins six-cylinder engine
2 ADL MMC Enviro400 XLB Volvo B8L double-deckers
32 ADL MMC City Enviro400 BYD electric double-deckers
12 Optare Metrocity electric single-deckers
4 electric Optare Solo
14 Plaxton Panorama bodied Volvo B11RLE double-deck coaches
8 Caetano Levante Volvo B11Rs
12 MCV Volvo B8RLE single-deckers
3 Optare Solos