Mellor Stratas ordered for Manchester
Mellor has announced an important win with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), through orders from First Bus and Stagecoach.
In total, 21 Stratas have been ordered, 17 of which are destined for First Bus and four for Stagecoach. Stagecoach has opted for the Strata Ultra, the 30-passenger model. First Bus, on the other hand, has chosen the 26-passenger Strata Plus. Both sets of buses are expected to be in operation by mid-March 2024.
These orders are a crucial part of the Bee Network pledge and Greater Manchester’s Bus Strategy.
“Mellor’s unwavering commitment to engineering excellence, sustainability, and accessibility positions us as a perfect fit for driving forward Greater Manchester’s Bus Strategy” – Richard Matthews, Mellor
Richard Matthews, a spokesperson for Mellor, commented on this milestone, stating: “Mellor’s unwavering commitment to engineering excellence, sustainability, and accessibility positions us as a perfect fit for driving forward Greater Manchester’s Bus Strategy. Not only are we proud to be serving our local community with our reliable, low-emission buses, but we are delighted to see investment from our own city region back into the local area.
“We do believe that the North West, with its manufacturing heritage and tech innovation sectors, has the potential to be a hub for sustainable transport and specialist vehicle technology.”
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with local bus manufacturer Mellor” – Rob Jones, Managing Director of Stagecoach Manchester
Rob Jones, Managing Director of Stagecoach Manchester, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with local bus manufacturer Mellor, we are committed to supporting local Manchester businesses as much as possible and look forward to operating the Strata’s on the Bee Network next year.
“Mellor is an established vehicle manufacturer, they offer a versatile range of passenger transport solutions which utilise the latest vehicle technology to ensure efficient, comfortable and environmentally friendly travel for residents of Manchester.”
“This also supports high-skilled jobs locally and regionally” – Mike Watson, the First Bus Manchester Director
Mike Watson, the First Bus Manchester Director leading the mobilisation of its plans for Rochdale, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with local manufacturer Mellor and look forward to seeing the first vehicles coming off the production line.
“This also supports high-skilled jobs locally and regionally. As we begin to invest in the Rochdale area First Bus Manchester is determined to help build the economy and link key communities.”