Stagecoach's £50m order for new vehicles

Stagecoach's £50m order for new vehicles An impression of Stagecoach's Trident Enviro400 double-deckers.
STAGECOACH has placed orders for 464 new vehicles worth £50million – with the bulk of the business going to Alexander Dennis, in which Stagecoach chief executive Brian Souter has a financial interest.

Alexander Dennis will supply 338 vehicles between April 2006 and February 2007, representing almost 75 per cent of the new vehicle intake. The other suppliers are Optare, with 95 Solos, and Volvo and Plaxton with 31 Profile B7Rs.

All but five of the vehicles will have Euro 3 engines.

Alexander Dennis will supply:
    165 Pointer Dart midis
    130 Trident Enviro400 double-deckers
    30 Trident ALX400 double-deckers
    13 Enviro300 single-deckers

Les Warneford, managing director of Stagecoach UK Bus, says: “We have pursued a highly successful organic growth strategy in the UK in recent years and we believe more people in our towns and cities can be attracted to bus travel.

“We have expanded our UK bus operations with two significant acquisitions in the last 12 months and we are committed to focusing on investment, innovation and effective marketing to drive further growth.

“This latest capital investment will deliver a more comfortable travelling experience for passengers, better environmental performance, improved reliability and help make public transport more attractive to car users.”

Stagecoach operates 8,000 vehicles in the UK.