Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) is to deliver 13 Enviro500 double deck buses to Transports publics de la région lausannoise (tl) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The buses will have capacity for 120 passengers, 79 of them seated, and will enter service from July 2019 to replace and enlarge tl’s double deck fleet.
The 13-metre, three-axle Enviro500 buses will serve regional routes which provide
connections between city and countryside. With 79 seats, 52 of them upstairs, tl’s customers
will travel in full safety and comfort, while the provision of three doors and two staircases
guarantees smooth passenger flow. On the lower deck, there is space for passengers with
reduced mobility, offering room for up to two wheelchairs or multiple pushchairs.
Enviro500 will be built to a high specification which notably includes double glazing, LED
lighting and USB sockets allowing passengers to charge their electronic devices.
The Enviro500 ordered by tl will remain within the Continental European vehicle height limit
of four metres. ADL is using its global expertise to adapt these double deck buses to local
requirements. They nevertheless benefit from common components and design structures
shared with a fleet of over 6,000 Enviro500 in service around the world, such as the
lightweight aluminium body structure that delivers world-class fuel efficiency.
“We’re delighted that tl have chosen ADL to supply new double deck buses for the Lausanne
region and surrounding areas. Operator, driver and passengers will enjoy the benefits of our
Enviro500, which is built to the high standards that have made us the world market leader in
double deck buses,” said Colin Robertson, ADL Chief Executive.
The Enviro500 for tl will be built at ADL’s factories in the United Kingdom.
The deal with tl is ADL’s second contract for double deck buses in Continental Europe after
a launch order for 19 Enviro500 was placed by PostAuto for use in Eastern Switzerland. The
first of these have been in service since mid-2017. (see pictures below)