Arriva orders 419 new buses
Arriva plc, one of the UK’s leading bus operators, today confirmed it has placed £70 million of orders for its UK bus business which will see more than 400 new buses come into service during 2011. The orders build on the significant fleet renewal and growth by the group in recent years bringing the total in UK bus fleet investment to £250m since 2008.
The investment will mean passengers across the UK will see new or newer buses on the roads in all of Arriva’s operating areas, including London. The new buses will further increase the proportion of accessible low-floor vehicles in the company’s UK bus fleet, which reached 86 per cent in 2010, making bus travel more accessible to more people.
Environmental performance improved
Arriva has improved the environmental performance of its services through the use of EcoManager, a dashboard-mounted fuel-saving system, now installed across all UK bus operations. Passengers have also noted improvements in the cleanliness and condition of Arriva’s buses in an independent survey of UK bus customers.
Mike Cooper, managing director – Arriva UK Bus, said: “This order demonstrates our commitment to further improving the reliability and standards of our bus services for our customers. Together with our operational performance record, the commitment to maintaining investment will give our local authority partners added confidence to do business with us.
“New investment and the bus refurbishment campaign being rolled out across the business help us meet the quality service standards our customers have told us they expect and value. Bus travel offers great value for people, especially with recent VAT increases and fuel price hikes. We hope this investment will encourage more people to give the bus a try.”
Arriva’s sightseeing business in the capital, The Original Tour, will take delivery of 16 new open-top buses. The investment will play an important role in building upon the popularity of the sightseeing tours. The order also features 20 hybrid double deckers for London which will operate on route 73 from September 2011.
All new buses will feature Euro V engines, CCTV and EcoManager as standard and easy-access low floor entry.
- 13 Optare Solo
- 41 Optare Versa
- 16 Optare Volvo triaxle open-top
- 5 Wrights Streetlite
- 96 Wrights VDL SB200
- 21 Wrights Volvo B7RLE
- 207 Wrights VDL DB300
- 20 Wrights Volvo hybrid