ADL wins big share of £63million Arriva order
Arriva’s group technical services director, Mark Bowd, says: “We have continued to work with a range of suppliers to ensure our businesses have the flexibility to provide the best local service for customers, with vehicles which are suited to the needs of the passengers and the local operating conditions.
ADL’s new generation of vehicles and the aftermarket support that backs them up has meant they continue to be one of the most significant vehicle suppliers for our UK bus business. We piloted a number of initiatives with their Enviro200 midi bus and have continued that business relationship by choosing their Enviro300 (single deck) and their flagship Enviro400 double deck as part of our fleet expansion and renewal.”
Arriva highlights the joint imperative faced by bus operators and manufacturers to improve the fuel economy of vehicles against a background of rapidly rising fuel prices – and thus meet the commercial and environmental challenges faced in providing value-for-money services.
Orders confirmed from Alexander Dennis are for 202 complete buses – 125 Enviro400 double-deckers, 67 Enviro200 midis and 10 Enviro300 full-size single-deckers. Worth about £30million, these vehicles will be shared between London, Southern Counties, The Shires and North West operations of Arriva. Optare is supplying 85 buses – 77 Solos and eight Versas.
The other main supplier to Arriva, Wrightbus, has yet to confirm its share of the group’s business.