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April 05 2017
By Mel Holley

Mel is the Editor at routeONE magazine. He has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.

Two-axle BCI decker arrives

The first 12 two-axle versions of Ensignbus’ Enterprise ‘deckers have arrived in the UK.

Built by Australian manufacturer BCI at its Chinese assembly plant and shipped complete, they follow the 98-seat tri-axle version that debuted last summer with the Purfleet, Essex-based dealer and operator.

Offloaded at Southampton Docks, they are now at Purfleet awaiting certification. At 10.8m and seating 81, Ensignbus will use 10 on its in-house commercial bus operations, while one has been sold to Aintree Coachline, which also took a tri-axle BCI last September.

All have Euro 6 Cummins engines and ZF six-speed EcoLife automatic gearboxes.

One of the batch will be a demonstrator after having a number of yet to be decided additions, Ensignbus boss Peter Newman tells routeone. Pricing has yet to be revealed, but will be “very competitive” he says.

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