Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) was awarded over 90% of the total contract of new vehicles for Stagecoach Group, as a result of the group’s annual competitive tender process. The 314 ADL vehicles will be delivered by the end of April 2018 and introduced in Stagecoach’s regional bus operations in England, Scotland, and Wales, as well as on the megabus.com and Scottish Citylink coach networks.
Manufactured in ADL’s plants in Falkirk, Scarborough, and Guildford, Scotland, the fleet of 181 Enviro400 double deck buses, 102 Enviro200 midi and single deck buses, and 31 Plaxton coaches will all be equipped with innovative technology to minimize environmental impact while delivering a premium on-board passenger experience with comfortable, modern interior styling, and USB charging points.
Innovative smart accessories and product enhancements further reduce exhaust emissions from the latest Euro 6 engines and deliver class-leading fuel economy and reliability. The buses are fully LCEB-compliant, underlining both ADL and Stagecoach’s firm commitment to bringing cleaner, greener, passenger-centric vehicles into service.
The buses benefit from the market’s first stop-start engine technology. This state-of-the-art innovation automatically shuts off the engine at bus stops on door opening, restarting on door closure. Cutting out gaseous emissions and noise at bus stops greatly improves overall air quality in the vicinity of the vehicle and passengers’ experience even before they board the bus.
“This contract was a must-win for us in an increasingly competitive UK market,” said Colin Robertson, chief executive at ADL. “With over 2,000 employees in the UK, not to mention a significant number in the supply chain which our organization supports, it is critical that we continue to obtain orders like this, without which we simply could not invest in the people, processes. and products to sustain and grow our business.”