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routeone Issue 702 - 9 August 2017 Editor, routeone, Unit 4, Minerva Business Park Lynch Wood, Peterborough PE2 6FT Bad week 9 AUGUST 2017 ROUTE…ONE.NET / 11 21st Century strikes Abellio CCTV deal 21st Century Technology has announced a three-year systems and services contract with Abellio that will see it supply and install CCTV and associated communications technology on all of the group’s new buses and provide technical support for its existing fleet. The value of the contract is expected to be around £2.5m, depending on the number of new buses added over the period. The first order for 23 has recently been received. Says Mark Wallace, Abellio Group Procurement Manager: “We have chosen 21st Century based on its innovative approach to supporting and upgrading all of our onboard systems. It will provide a real boost for our UK bus operations.” Adds Russ Singleton, 21st Century CEO: “We are delighted that Abellio has chosen 21st Century to provide new systems, upgrades and ongoing support services for its bus fleet based in and around central London. “From our Croydon operations centre, we are ideally placed to respond quickly as we have replacement equipment, spares and component stocks along with technical training and support facilities.” /FIND OUT MORE Yutong importer Pelican Bus and Coach has reported that 2017 is set to be another strong year for the Chinese marque, with over 50 orders received already and the total for deliveries likely to finish at around the 85 mark. “We took six orders last week and we have 16 coaches in the process of being PDI’d ready to enter service with 67-plate registrations in September,” says Sales Manager Bob Elliott. Mr Elliott adds that five TC9 midicoaches are in stock at Pelican’s Castleford base that are available for delivery in September. More are on the way with capacities of between 32 and 37, and with or without toilets. Of the next batch of TC9s, currently being shipped from China, one remains available, and a further nine will arrive towards the end of September. Of those, two are already accounted for. Five more are due in November. “The TC9 continues to account for the most volume, but the TC12 remains of interest, and we have sold a number recently. There is more competition in the full-size sector, but we believe that the back-up that we offer is driving sales of both models,” he adds. “We are also seeing strong repeat business. In September three operators will each take two TC9s, and all are repeat buyers of the coach.” The high-specification HTC 12 – a 12.2m two-axle coach powered by the DAF MX-11 engine that is aimed at the premium end of the market – remains on the agenda for Pelican, but it is reliant on the Department for Transport’s long hoped-for relaxation of the current weight limit for such PCVs./ FIND OUT MORE Yutong set for strong 2017 as it passes 50 orders for year TC9 continues to dominate, but TC12 still being delivered; HTC 12 remains on agenda Good week Transdev Blazefield is set to add more zero-emission retrofitted double-deckers to its York City Sightseeing fleet. To promote that, two diesel-engined Dennis Tridents have already received green branding for zero emissions – with a small ‘coming soon’ annotation. Passengers using a rail replacement coach on behalf of train operator Transpennine Express at the weekend were derailed when the nearside front wheel and hub assembly detached on a slip road off the M62 motorway. Reports say the errant wheel came to rest some distance away. Some travellers elected to make their own onward arrangements. Tim Deakin / Deputy Editor

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