Welsh’s new Futura

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A VDL Futura FHD2 122.365PR coach has been added to the fleet of Welsh’s Coaches. It has 49 leather seats, a manual gearbox, an off side centre sunken toilet, a Bosch Professionaline audio visual system, a water boiler, a fridge and front, rear and centre stepwell cameras. It benefits from the dealer’s Coach Assist package, as well as the Moseleycare extended warranty.

The coach was supplied by Moseley (PCV). Pictured is Proprietor of Welsh’s Coaches, John Welsh and Moseley (PCV) Network Support Manager, Stuart Binns.

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VDL to launch Euro Streetlite at Busworld

ImageAt Busworld 2013 in Kortrijk, VDL Bus & Coach will be showing two new models in the Citea range for the first time, one of which will already be familiar to UK operators. It is the new Citea MLE (Midi Low Entry) which is actually a left hand drive version of the Wrightbus Streetlite built in Northern Ireland. VDL describe the link up with Wrightbus as ‘a logical next step in a collaboration that spans more than a decade. With the arrival of the Citea MLE this cooperation will be intensified even further.’

The MLE is to be offered initially in lengths of 8.8m and 9.5m as the MLE-88 and MLE-95, both wheel forward designs, followed by the 10.2m and 10.8m MLE-102 and MLE-108 which have a door forward layout. All will be powered by Euro6 Cummins engines. An 8.8m MLE88 version will appear on the VDL stand.

Additionally, VDL will be showing the Citea SLFA, an articulated city and inter-city bus offered at lengths of 18m and 18.7m. The shorter of the two lengths is to be shown at the exhibition. A Citea LLE-120 will also be present at the show. VDL is in Hall 4 at stand 404.

VDL’s 12m Citea Electric low floor bus will be located in the outdoor area adjacent to its stand. Demonstration rides of this vehicle will be available. Busworld 2013 takes place from 18 to 23 October. Also on the outside stand will be a MidCity and a MidEuro, both of which are based on the face-lifted Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The new bus options are in addition to the launch of the new Futura FMD2 coach at Busworld.

Arriva launches Wrightbus VDLs

ImageArriva Midlands has launched three new Wrightbus bodied VDL SB200 single deckers onto its Burton on Trent and Derby services. Representing an investment of £450,000, the buses each feature free Wi-Fi, CCTV and E-leather trimmed seats. Two of the vehicles will be utilised on the X38 route, a direct service between Burton on Trent and Derby, which is operated in partnership with trentbarton. It runs up to every 20 minutes in the daytime Monday to Saturday and every 30 minutes in the day on Sundays. The third will be used on local bus services in Burton on Trent.

Area MD of Arriva Midlands, Alex Parry, said, ‘We’re proud to deliver these high quality vehicles to our customers on X38 who are now able to enjoy their journeys in even greater comfort, with the added benefit of travelling in a more environmentally friendly way. We are committed to leading the way when it comes to using technology to provide solid benefits to our customers and the environment, and the introduction of these new vehicles is a prime example of how we are working together to deliver a better quality transport service across the county.’

VDL’s new electric wheel-hub drive Citea

ImageVDL Bus & Coach has presented its new Citea with the electrical wheel-hub drive from the German company Ziehl-Abegg (Kunzelsau). The single decker will come with the ZAwheel electric drive as standard in the future. The system requires neither a transmission nor a differential. Previously, it was only used for retrofitting to diesel buses. The technology was featured on the VDL Citea Electric city presented at the UITP in Geneva last month. Ziehl-Abegg received an Energy Globe Award in April for its ZAwheel.