Diesel reins as Stagecoach confirms 2017/18 fleet order for 344 vehicles
Stagecoach Group has announced orders for 344 new vehicles worth £70million with Alexander Dennis claiming the lion’s share with 224 complete vehicles and 90 bodies. Scania is also a significant winner since Stagecoach has split its order for double-deck buses with 122 complete ADL vehicles and 59 with ADL bodies on Scania chassis.
Significantly, despite current interest in alternative fuels and electric drivetrains, all of the Stagecoach order is for Euro 6 diesel-powered vehicles.
The latest order takes the group’s investment to around £1billion for around 7,000 new vehicles over the past 11 years.
The new buses and coaches will be introduced in Stagecoach’s regional networks in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as on the its megabus.com network in the UK.
Almost half of the new vehicles meet the Low Carbon Emission Bus specification, according to Stagecoach, while around two thirds feature stop-start technology.
The first of the new vehicles are due to be delivered from spring 2017.
“Our focus is on delivering practical improvements to make travel even better for our customers,” says Stagecoach Group chief executive Martin Griffiths. “We are continuing to re-invest money from fares in state-of-the-art, cleaner, greener vehicles, digital technology and smart ticketing to deliver an even higher standard of service. These latest vehicle orders are an important part of our strategy to encourage even more people to take the bus.
“Local bus services are the backbone of the country’s transport networks. However, the increasing problem of traffic congestion in our towns and cities is holding buses back and it is high time our politicians stepped up and took action to support bus passengers and free up road space to help bus networks flourish.”
Colin Robertson, ADL chief executive adds: “We are delighted to have been awarded this substantial contract from Stagecoach Group. It follows on the heels of a similar contract award from last year’s tender process. The new contract is a strong endorsement of our continual investment in new product development and class-leading service support.
“This contract was a must-win for us in an increasingly competitive UK market. With over 2,000 employees in the UK, not to mention a significant number in the supply chain which our organisation 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.”