The orders by Britain's biggest bus and coach operator are a further boost for the country's manufacturing sector, with most vehicles set to be built in the UK. It will support hundreds of British manufacturing jobs and smaller businesses in the supply chain who produce key components from drivers' seats and toilets to wheelchair lifts and destination displays*.
More than £75million of new buses and coaches will be introduced in Stagecoach's regional networks in England, Scotland and Wales. There is also a £2.7million order for new buses for London, as well as £6.9million of new coaches for the company's expanding megabus.com low-cost service in the UK and mainland Europe.
All of the new vehicles will be fitted with CCTV while many will also have wi-fi installed, giving customers free internet access during their journeys.
The latest orders follow an annual competitive tendering process and the first of the new vehicles will be delivered from Spring 2015.
All of the new vehicles meet Euro 5 or Euro 6 emissions standards.
These orders will ensure Stagecoach’s entire single deck fleet meets the UK Disability Discrimination Act deadline later this calendar year, and the Group remains on track to meet the deadlines for other vehicle types over coming years.
Along with the country's other major bus operators, Stagecoach is also making a multi-million pound investment in smart multi-operator ticketing across all of the main city regions in the UK. Work on the ground-breaking project is underway and is due to be completed during 2015.
Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: “This new investment is all about delivering better bus and coach journeys for our passengers. We have the lowest bus fares in Britain and a strong track-record of investment over many years that has attracted growing numbers of people back on board the bus. We believe strongly in reinvesting our profits to continue that growth and our sector-leading levels of customer satisfaction.
"Buses are central to our communities, giving people a greener way to access work, health, education and leisure. They are also critical to our economy. I'm delighted that most of our new buses will be built right here in the UK, helping support British manufacturing and hundreds of jobs in the supply chain."
Details of the new orders are as follows:
UK REGIONAL OPERATIONS
- 50 ADL Enviro 400 Scania double-deckers
- 30 ADL MMC E400 Scania double-deckers
- 57 ADL MMC E400 double-deckers
- 10 Wrightbus Eclipse Volvo single-deckers
- 28 ADL Enviro 300 Scania single-deckers
- 89 ADL Enviro 300 single-deckers
- 33 ADL MMC E200 11.9metre midibuses
- 27 ADL Enviro 200 midibuses
- 23 ADL MMC E200 10.8metre midibuses
- 42 Optare Solo minibuses
- 23 Optare Solo Slimline minibuses
- 12 Volvo Plaxton Elite 12.5metre coaches
- 44 Volvo Plaxton Ellite i 15metre coaches (8 left-hand-drive)
- 7 ADL MMC E400 double-deckers
- 8 ADL MMC E200 10.8metre midibuses
Below are some examples of the suppliers who will benefit from these vehicle orders:
||Synectics Ltd (UK)|
||Chapman Drivers Seating Ltd (UK)|
||Fainsa _ Spain (Plaxton Coaches)|
||Hanover Displays (UK)|
||PLS (Passenger Lift Services) UK|
||Shades Technics ltd (UK)|