# Transport group buys around 340 state-of-the-art buses and coaches
# Orders follow Britain’s biggest single investment in green hybrid buses
# Passengers across the UK to benefit from latest cleaner vehicles
# More than £260m invested in new vehicles in past four years
Stagecoach Group today (Monday 9 August) confirmed details of orders for around 340 buses and coaches worth nearly £50million.
The latest orders by the Perth-based transport group take its total investment in new vehicles for the UK for the 2010-11 financial year to around £65 million.
It follows the launch by Stagecoach of Britain’s biggest single investment in green hybrid bus technology with 30% less carbon emissions than standard vehicles. The first of the £16m investment in 56 state-of-the-art electric-hybrid buses for Oxford and Manchester went into service last month, part-funded by a £5million support package from the Department for Transport’s Green Bus Fund.
The latest orders announced today will go into operation on Stagecoach’s provincial bus routes across the UK, further improving the standard of travel for passengers in Scotland, England and Wales. The new buses and coaches, which will be introduced throughout 2010-11, meet Euro 5 emissions standards introduced last year.
It takes Stagecoach’s investment in new vehicles to more than £260million over the past four years, providing passengers with higher quality travel and better accessibility. Stagecoach is also officially Britain’s best value major bus operator, with fares up to 30% cheaper than the UK’s other major transport groups.
Les Warneford, Managing Director of Stagecoach UK Bus, said: “Not only does Stagecoach offer the best value bus fares in Britain, we are also committed to driving up the quality of travel for our passengers by investing millions of pounds each year in greener vehicles, better facilities and improved services.
“This latest investment is a sign of our confidence in future demand for bus travel. We believe continued investment is vital to attract even more people on to our greener, smarter bus services.”
Vehicle manufacturers Alexander Dennis, Scania, Plaxton, Optare and Volvo will supply a total of 163 double-deckers, 70 single-deckers, 79 midi-buses, 17 coaches and 9 mini-buses.
Details of the new orders are:
* 100 Scania Enviro 400 double-deckers
* 63 Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 double-deckers
* 70 Alexander Dennis Enviro 300 single-deckers
* 76 Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 midi-buses
* 16 Volvo Plaxton Elite coaches
* 3 Optare Versa midi-buses
* 9 Optare Solo mini-buses
* 1 Volvo Plaxton Panther coach