Stagecoach invests more than £80m in new buses and coaches
10 Mar 2015
- Passengers to benefit from nearly 470 new vehicles for UK and mainland Europe, many equipped with wi-fi
- Investment in UK regions hits £630million in last eight years, plus over £100million in London since 2010, and over £20million for megabus.com services in mainland Europe since 2013.
- Further major boost for British bus manufacturing and UK supply chain
- Britain’s lowest bus fares and continued passenger growth providing profits to reinvest
- Cross-industry smart, multi-operator ticketing programme for key city regions underway
Stagecoach Group today (10 March 2015) announced passengers are to benefit from an investment of more than £80million in new buses and coaches for services in the UK and mainland Europe.
A new fleet of nearly 470 vehicles, many equipped with free wifi, will be introduced in the coming 2015-16 financial year as the company continues its policy of reinvesting profits in improving services for local communities.
The orders by Britain’s biggest bus and coach operator are a further boost for the country’s manufacturing sector, with most vehicles set to be built in the UK. It will support hundreds of British manufacturing jobs and smaller businesses in the supply chain who produce key components from drivers’ seats and toilets to wheelchair lifts and destination displays*.
More than £75million of new buses and coaches will be introduced in Stagecoach’s regional networks in England, Scotland and Wales. There is also a £2.7million order for new buses for London, as well as £6.9million of new coaches for the company’s expanding megabus.com low-cost service in the UK and mainland Europe.
The latest announcement takes Stagecoach Group’s total orders of new buses and coaches for its regional bus operations in the UK to around £630million in the last eight years. The Group has also ordered more than £20million of new coaches for megabus.com services in mainland Europe as well as £105million of new vehicles for its London bus operations since buying the business in 2010.
All of the new vehicles will be fitted with CCTV while many will also have wi-fi installed, giving customers free internet access during their journeys.
The latest orders follow an annual competitive tendering process and the first of the new vehicles will be delivered from Spring 2015.
Highlights of the latest investment are 412 low-floor double-decker, single-decker, midi and mini buses for Stagecoach regional bus networks in the UK as well as a total of 22 new coaches for megabus.com in the UK and Europe, and a further 34 coaches for Stagecoach Express operations in the UK. Of the local bus order, 93 will be manufactured to the company’s Gold specification to operate on Stagecoach’s luxury Gold services.
All of the new vehicles meet Euro 5 or Euro 6 emissions standards.
These orders will ensure Stagecoach’s entire single deck fleet meets the UK Disability Discrimination Act deadline later this calendar year, and the Group remains on track to meet the deadlines for other vehicle types over coming years.
Along with the country’s other major bus operators, Stagecoach is also making a multi-million pound investment in smart multi-operator ticketing across all of the main city regions in the UK. Work on the ground-breaking project is underway and is due to be completed during 2015.
Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: “This new investment is all about delivering better bus and coach journeys for our passengers. We have the lowest bus fares in Britain and a strong track-record of investment over many years that has attracted growing numbers of people back on board the bus. We believe strongly in reinvesting our profits to continue that growth and our sector-leading levels of customer satisfaction.
“Buses are central to our communities, giving people a greener way to access work, health, education and leisure. They are also critical to our economy. I’m delighted that most of our new buses will be built right here in the UK, helping support British manufacturing and hundreds of jobs in the supply chain.”
Details of the new orders are as follows:
UK REGIONAL OPERATIONS
- 50 ADL Enviro 400 Scania double-deckers
- 30 ADL MMC E400 Scania double-deckers
- 57 ADL MMC E400 double-deckers
- 10 Wrightbus Eclipse Volvo single-deckers
- 28 ADL Enviro 300 Scania single-deckers
- 89 ADL Enviro 300 single-deckers
- 33 ADL MMC E200 11.9metre midibuses
- 27 ADL Enviro 200 midibuses
- 23 ADL MMC E200 10.8metre midibuses
- 42 Optare Solo minibuses
- 23 Optare Solo Slimline minibuses
- 12 Volvo Plaxton Elite 12.5metre coaches
- 44 Volvo Plaxton Ellite i 15metre coaches (8 left-hand-drive)
- 7 ADL MMC E400 double-deckers
- 8 ADL MMC E200 10.8metre midibuses
|Synectics Ltd (UK)
|Chapman Drivers Seating Ltd (UK)
|Fainsa _ Spain (Plaxton Coaches)
|Hanover Displays (UK)
|PLS (Passenger Lift Services) UK
|Shades Technics ltd (UK)
- Stagecoach has three times been independently assessed as offering the lowest fares of any major bus operator in the UK. The research was carried out by independent transport consultants TAS in 2009, 2011 and 2013. The 2013 study found weekly bus travel with Stagecoach was on average 12% lower than the next cheapest operator, and 50% less than bus fares charged in London by Transport for London.
- Stagecoach Group is an international public transport group, with extensive operations in the UK, continental Europe, the United States and Canada. The Group employs around 38,000 people, and operates bus, coach, train, and tram services.
- Stagecoach is one of the UK’s biggest bus and coach operators with around 8,300 buses and coaches. Around 2.8 million passenger journeys are made on Stagecoach’s buses every day on a network stretching from south-west England to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Low-cost coach service, megabus.com, operates a network of inter-city services across the UK and continental Europe.
- Stagecoach is a major UK rail operator, running the South West Trains, Island Line and East Midlands Trains networks. It has also partnered with Virgin to run the East Coast and West Coast inter-city rail franchises.
- Stagecoach operates the Supertram light rail network in Sheffield.
- In North America, Stagecoach operates around 2,400 buses and coaches in the United States and Canada. megabus.com links around 130 key locations in North America. Stagecoach is also involved in operating commuter, transit, contracted, charter and sightseeing services.