Stagecoach orders £3m green guided buses

BUS operator Stagecoach is set to spend £3million on air-conditioned guided buses that will run on 100 per cent bio-fuel. The order is for a fleet of 20 vehicles – 10 single-decker and 10 double-decker – with leather seats, wi-fi, real time information, a

BUS operator Stagecoach is set to spend £3million on air-conditioned guided buses that will run on 100 per cent bio-fuel.

The order is for a fleet of 20 vehicles - 10 single-decker and 10 double-decker - with leather seats, wi-fi, real time information, air conditioning.

They will enter service when the £116million St Ives-Cambridge guideway opens next spring on the route of the former railway line.

For the anoraks, Stagecoach has ordered 10 Eclipse/B7RLE single-decker buses, which will be manufactured by Northern Ireland-based Wrightbus and Volvo, and 10 Alexander Dennis Enviro 400/Scania N230UD double-deckers.


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The buses will produce up to 80 per cent less carbon emissions than vehicles using conventional diesel. Single-decker vehicles will meet Euro 5 emissions standards, while the double-deckers will feature Euro 4 engines.

Les Warneford, Managing Director of Stagecoach UK Bus, said: "This is a major investment by Stagecoach in a project that we believe will bring significant economic, transport and environmental benefits to Cambridgeshire.

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"The guided busway will improve access to jobs, education, healthcare and shopping for local people. By using 100 per cent bio-fuel and equipping the vehicles with hi-spec features such as leather seats and wif-fi, we believe we will be able to attract current car users to a significantly greener, smarter travel option."

Whippet Coaches director Peter Lee said he was not yet in a position to decide on an order.

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