Arriva North West and Wales has ordered nine Mellor Stratas. The buses are due for delivery in June 2017 and are set to be deployed on several local service routes around Macclesfield and Winsford in Cheshire. The vehicles are built on the low floor Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis with each having a passenger capacity of 22, plus space for one wheelchair. Each Strata includes a number of features for the benefit of both passengers and drivers including Isri Civic seating trimmed in E-Leather with USB charging points at each seat position, on board Wi-Fi and destination equipment. Drivers benefit from an ergonomically designed cab with assault screen, CCTV and reversing camera equipment.
MD for Mellor, John Randerson, said, ‘We’re excited to be announcing this new order from Arriva which will further enhance service provision in the Cheshire area. In particular, there is no compromise to internal space with the majority of passengers seated for their journey. In addition, the array of on board features are equal to those fitted on most large sized single deck buses, so despite the bus being smaller, our customer has not had to sacrifice any of the benefits today’s bus passenger wants and indeed expects.’
Arriva’s MD for Manchester and Engineering Director for North West and Wales, Phil Cummins, said, ‘We’ve selected these nine Stratas specifically for their passenger capacity, which meets our local service requirements perfectly and we’re really looking forward to our new working relationship with Mellor. The fuel economy performance offered by the vehicle was another reason for us choosing the Strata, as keeping our fuel costs to a minimum is very important, as is the case for any national operator today. The bus is also very easy to maintain, which means much less time in the garage and more time out on the road serving the local community.’