FIRST GLIMPSE: Van Hools entering service with National Express

UPDATE: FULL DETAILS of the launch are now on-line HERE

National Express is introducing 25 new Van Hool Altano TDX21 tri-axle coaches into service this year.

B&CB attended the unveiling the initial high-capacity overdecker coach at Van Hool’s UK site in Wellingborough this morning (15 March 2024), before the coach heads to Bristol to join Edwards Coaches’ National Express fleet. It will be joined by nine others over the coming months.

In addition to the ten vehicles destined for Edwards Coaches, Selwyns Travel in the north west will be home to 15 more TDX21 models when they arrive later this year.

The Van Hools will be used on National Express’ 040 route between London and Bristol and the 540 between London and Manchester via Milton Keynes.

The Altano has a 752 litre fuel tank, reducing the need to re-fuel as often, the Altano model has an extensive luggage capacity of 16.5m3 including luggage racks and a raised floor with additional height for easy access. Wheelchair access is also excellent with a lower entry point and ramp, plus three seats on the lower floor behind the driver, offering enhanced accessibility for passengers.

The Altano TDX21 stands at a length of 14.4m, width of 2.55m and height of 3.73m with 66 seats plus the wheelchair space. It includes LED mood lighting, free Wi-Fi, leather reclining seats, air conditioning and onboard charging.

The Altano TDX21 is also equipped with National Express’ unrivalled onboard safety and security technology, including Guardian’s Seeing Machines fatigue monitoring system which monitors drivers focus on the road, Lytx DriveCam to help maintain driver performance and Alcolock, which will not allow the coach engine to start until the driver has passed an alcohol breathalyser test.

  • Look out for more coverage of National Express’ new Van Hool Altano TDX21s coming shortly in Bus and Coach Buyer.

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