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May 22 2019
By Jessamy Chapman

Stagecoach places £80m orders for 2019

CEO Martin Griffiths urges action on congestion as 350 new vehicles ordered

More electric buses on the way, including ‘deckers supplied by ADL and BYD

Stagecoach has announced new vehicle orders worth more than £80 million for the UK.

In total 350 new low-emission vehicles will be delivered across Stagecoach’s operations in the next year.

They include 48 electric buses for Manchester and South Wales, part-funded by the government’s Green Bus Fund, to be supplied by BYD and Optare.

The business will take 12 ADL Enviro400 XLB double-deckers for the Cambridge Guided Busway, with capacity for 100 passengers each.

The orders also include 22 coaches for the group’s UK Bus, Scottish Citylink and operations, including 14 of the new Plaxton Panaroma double-deck body on Volvo B11RLE chassis.

Around three-quarters of the new vehicles will be fitted with audio-visual next-stop display systems.

All the new vehicles will have CCTV and USB charging points, while most will also have free wi-fi installed.

The orders in full are:

  • 131 ADL Enviro400 double-deckers
  • 95 ADL Enviro200 single-deckers
  • 28 ADL Enviro200 midibuses
  • 12 ADL Enviro400 XLB Volvo B8L double-deckers
  • 32 ADL City Enviro400 BYD electric double-deckers
  • 12 Optare Metrocity electric single-deckers
  • 4 Optare Solo Electric minibuses
  • 14 Plaxton Panorama Volvo B11RLE double-deck coaches
  • 8 Caetano Levante Volvo B11R coaches
  • 12 MCV Volvo B8RLE single-deckers
  • 3 Optare Solo minibuses.

Stagecoach Group CEO Martin Griffiths says: “This is a huge investment by the private sector in providing better mobility and better air quality in local communities.

“It follows other significant investment that we’ve made in smart ticketing, improved information for customers and digital technology.

“Delivering better bus services is a shared responsibility and it is absolutely essential that this commitment is matched by urgent action by local authorities to address the growing gridlock in our towns and cities.

“Without action on congestion, local people will not enjoy the full benefits of this investment and people’s quality of life, health and our economy will continue to be damaged by too many cars on the road.”

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