Blackpool to take first single-door Enviro400 City
Blackpool Transport has ordered the first single-door versions of ADL’s Enviro400 City bus that was launched at Coach & Bus Live in October 2015. The north west municipal operator is taking ten 10.5m double-deck buses in an order worth more than £2million. This follows the initial Enviro400 City order for 16 two-door versions which are now in service with Arriva London.
The Blackpool Enviro400 Citys will be Euro 6 buses fitted with stop-start technology and will feature a glazed stairwell, E-leather seats, wood-effect floors, wi-fi and USB charging points and next-stop audio announcements.
The ten Enviro400 Citys will be delivered this summer and will have 27 seats and a wheelchair space on the lower deck, and 45 seats in the upper level.
The Enviro400 Citys will operate on Blackpool’s route 9 Palladium service between the town centre and Cleveleys, and replace five Volvo Olympian double decks and five Optare Solo midibuses.
“The introduction of these leading-edge vehicles forms part of our on-going investment in modern buses. Our aim is to enhance the customer experience, provide value-for-money and encourage people out of their cars and onto public transport,” says Jane Cole, managing director, Blackpool Transport.
“The ADL City bus is a stunning, high performance, eco-friendly vehicle that sets the pace and reinforces our commitment to continuous improvement and further enhancement of the passenger experience.”
Richard Matthews, sales director, ADL retail bus and coach, adds: “They will be the first transport operator in the country to introduce the one-door 72-seat variant of the Enviro400 City, which we launched just a few months ago. In addition to the latest low-emission technology, it introduces a whole range of new features. The glazed stairwell is obviously a big attraction, as is the wrap-around driver’s windscreen with the wipers recessed at the top.
“The shallow upper-deck front window, along with hopper windows and other design features - significantly reduces solar heat on warm, sunny days.”
ADL says it is in discussions with a number of other bus operators, in London and elsewhere for further E400 City bus orders.