Large Stagecoach order favours green buses and coaches 21 February 2012
Stagecoach Group is to invest around £60 million in hundreds of new greener buses and coaches for local communities across the UK.
The Perth-based transport group announced yesterday (20 February 2012) that it has placed initial orders for 390 buses and coaches for the 2012—13 financial year, for its regional bus networks outside London.
All of the new vehicles – the first of which will be delivered in May 2012 – meet Euro 5 emissions standards.
Included in the fleet are the UK's first orders for new 15m-long Volvo B11 Plaxton Interdeck coaches, which will run on Stagecoach Group's growing megabus.com budget coach operations in the UK.
As well as the 11 Interdecks, other new additions include three ADL 400 Scania double-deckers, five Wrightbbus Eclipse Scania single-deckers and 19 hybrid-electric vehicles, all of which are due to go into service in Perth and Aberdeen this summer.
Les Warneford, managing director of Stagecoach UK Bus, says: "This latest multi-million-pound investment is part of our commitment to give local communities high-quality, good value bus travel.
"With sky-high fuel prices and the increasing cost of running a car, it makes more sense than ever to switch to greener, smarter bus travel."
Stagecoach's total investment in new vehicles for its regional bus operations over the past five years now stands at more than £370 million.
Alexander Dennis Ltd
Scania (Great Britain) Ltd
Stagecoach in Fife Ltd
The Wright Group Ltd
Volvo Group UK Ltd
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