Stagecoach orders 444 new buses

Stagecoach orders 444 new buses ADL, MAN and Scania win major Stagecoach orders.
STAGECOACH has placed a £55million order for 444 new buses for its UK fleet. Alexander Dennis has secured the bulk of the business with 220 chassis and 393 bodies. The next biggest supplier is MAN, with 150 chassis. Surprises in the orders are 34 Scanias – 25 double-deckers with Enviro400 bodies and nine Polish built 13.7m low-entry OmniLinks. Scania has not been a major supplier to Stagecoach in the past. Other manufacturers who have secured business are Optare, Plaxton and Volvo.

The new vehicles will be delivered between May this year and April 2008. Stagecoach is taking vehicles which use the two competing technologies available to meet Euro 4 – EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) on the MAN and Scania vehicles, and SCR (selective catalytic reduction) on the Alexander Dennis chassis.

Les Warneford, managing director of Stagecoach UK Bus, says: "Britain is getting back on board the bus. This latest investment will allow us to manage that growth and further improve our quality of service to passengers. "Our market-leading innovation, highly successful telemarketing strategy and strong partnerships with transport authorities in metropolitan and shire county areas are a winning package.

"Buses are a key part of the solution to the growing problem of traffic congestion in our towns and cities, and we believe there is a huge opportunity to attract more and more people out of their cars and on to public transport in the future."

Although Optare is supplying only 17 Solos, they follow an order for 100 with MAN engines which was announced late last year. The Plaxton/Volvo B7Rs will be similar to previous deliveries with wheelchair lifts in the entrance.

The single-deckers include a small number of vehicles over 12m long. Five of the Enviro300s on MAN chassis will be 12.8m, and the nine Scania OmniLinks will be 13.7m in length.

The orders in detail:

175 Alexander Dennis Enviro400 complete buses
25 Scania/Enviro400

100 MAN 18.240/Enviro300
18 Alexander Dennis Enviro300 complete buses

9 Scania OmniLink complete buses

MIDI: 75
50 MAN 14.240/Enviro200
25 Alexander Dennis Enviro200 complete buses

MINI: 17
17 Optare Solo

25 Volvo B7R/Plaxton Profile