Stagecoach in East Kent has invested £1.1m in six Euro5 ADL Enviro400s that run on 100% biofuel. The vehicles are being used on the Unibus route between the University of Kent and Canterbury Bus Station. The University has contributed to the cost of the new infrastructure installed at the operator’s Herne Bay depot to house the environmentally friendly fuel. They are the first ever ‘bio-buses’ to hit the streets of Canterbury. A dedicated team of specially trained Unibus drivers will be behind their wheels and the buses will also provide free wi-fi for passengers. The launch for the double deckers was held at the University of Kent and was attended by county and city councillors. As well as investing in greener buses, the operator has also recently installed an eco-driving system across its fleet.
MD of Stagecoach in East Kent, Philip Norwell, said, ‘We have a responsibility to look after our environment whilst continuing to provide the public transport that people are increasingly choosing to use to get around east Kent. We work very closely with the University of Kent and the Unibus route has provided sustainable transport for their expanding Canterbury campus. Passenger numbers on the Unibus have grown from 290,000 in 2006 to 1.25m in 2012, saving vast numbers of car journeys in the city. Our investment in these ultramodern vehicles is testament to our commitment to providing quality bus travel in Canterbury to help cut traffic congestion, whilst also continually reducing our own carbon footprint.’
Pic: Stagecoach and University of Kent staff, along with other guests at the launch celebrating the investment.
Former Director of Whole Vehicle Engineering at Bentley Motors, Ken Scott, has moved to take the new role of Group Engineering Director at Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL). Ken said, ‘It wasn’t a difficult decision to join ADL, albeit that I’ve spent 20 great years with Bentley and, prior to that, seven years with the Land Rover Group. ADL’s performance in recent years speaks for itself. The business has tripled in size, increased its international footprint significantly and introduced a whole host of leading-edge products. At the end of the day, great brands never fade. They simply need nurturing by bringing together the best of today with the best of tomorrow. Evolution rather than revolution is the foundation of automotive companies with distinction, heritage and sheer know-how. ADL is one of those companies and I look forward to being part of the team that will take it to yet another, new level.’
CEO of ADL, Colin Robertson, said, ‘Ken brings with him vast experience in technical management, the introduction and integration of sophisticated systems across multiple products, and in driving forward new product development projects. All of these factors will be critical as we take the business forward. Ken’s appointment is an integral part of our strategy to offer world-leading products, class-leading reliability and outstanding customer service.’
Barnsley based Tates Travel has added a further two ADL Enviro200s to its fleet. One is 10.8m with 39 Civic V2 seats and the other is 8.9m with 29 seats. Their power comes from Cummins four-cylinder 160PS engines matched to Allison S2100 transmissions.
MD, Graham Mallinson, said, ‘As I indicated last year when we first bought Enviro200, our aim is to give customers in Yorkshire the very best in comfort and style, while also introducing reliable, fuel efficient vehicles that provide best-in-class performance. After more than twelve months operation I can vouch for the fact that our ADL Enviro200s meet all of our demanding criteria. They are ideal for our low floor, easy access fleet, which is why we had no hesitation in buying more this year.’
The pair was supplied by by ADL.
Three more Alexander Dennis Ltd Enviro200s have entered Mid Wales Travel’s fleet. One is the 8.9m variant with 29 seats and two are 10.8m with 39 seats. Their power comes from Cummins ISBe four-cylinder 160PS engines coupled with Allison S2100 transmissions.
Owner of Mid Wales Travel, Mel Evans, said, ‘Our customers are definitely benefitting from our standardisation on ADL Enviro200 midi buses in our fleet. Our determination to provide top class value-for-passenger services means we are committed to maintaining a modern fleet of buses that are comfortable, accessible and extremely reliable. The Enviro200 achieves all of these objectives and we are really pleased with their performance, which is good for our customers and for our business.’
ADL supplied the vehicles.
Cardiff Bus has trialled an ADL Enviro350H hybrid as part of its new vehicle investment programme. The manufacturer promises fuel savings over a conventional diesel bus and a reduction of between 30% and 40% of CO2 emissions. According to the operator, feedback from the test from staff and customers has been favourable, with passengers being particularly impressed with the environmental credentials of the vehicle. The trials continue, with a decision soon due to be made on vehicles to purchase.
Engineering Director, at Cardiff Bus, Gareth Mole, said, ‘We have been trialling new vehicles over the last few months so that we can make an informed decision on which ones to purchase as part of our planned investment programme. One of these has been the ADL hybrid vehicle which we have received great feedback on. Hybrid vehicles are in operation around the UK and are sure to become more prevalent due to the benefits they bring in terms of fuel savings and reducing emissions. As well as providing benefits due to the current economic situation, this also fits in well with our aims to be a sustainable and efficient transport operator.’
Pic: (LtoR) Chairman of Cardiff Bus, Ben Thomas and MD of Cardiff Bus, Cynthia Ogbonna.