Arriva places £40m orders for 236 buses

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Arriva UK Bus has placed 40m of orders for 236 buses to upgrade its core fleet during 2014.

The bulk of orders are with Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) (134 buses, 56% of the order) and Wrightbus (97 buses, 41%). All will have free Wi-Fi and 104 buses will form part of Arriva’s premium ‘Sapphire’ fleet, which is to be expanded to new routes..

Significantly, the ADL Enviro200s have a “revolutionary new automated manual transmission” reducing fuel consumption and emissions by around 13%, ensuring a performance on a par with hybrids.

ADL says it will reveal full details of the system next month. However routeone understands that it uses the six-speed ZF AS-Tronic Lite, a first for the UK bus market. The system has Low Carbon Emission Bus Certification (LCEBC), qualifying for an extra 6p per km BSOG.

The order is for:

  • 94 ADL Enviro400 double-deckers
  • 40 ADL Enviro200 midi buses
  • 70 Wrightbus 11.5m StreetLite Max Micro Hybrid single deckers
  • 27 10.2m/10.8m StreetLite Micro Hybrid midi buses
  • Five Optare Versas (for Yorkshire Tiger).

The Micro Hybrid StreetLites are best-in-class for fuel efficiency, offering an approximate 10% improvement, and also have LCEB certification.

Mark Yexley, Operations and Commercial Director for Arriva UK Bus, says: “This takes our investment in fleet renewal in the UK to more than 430m since 2008.”

The move to lighter-weight, means that the single-decker 14-tonne 12m VDL SB200 with Wrightbus Pulsar bodies, long favoured by Arriva as its main buyer, is not included in the orders. Arriva’s last Pulsar deliveries included 15 for the X5 Llandudno-Caernarfon route.