26 vehicles ordered
Alexander Dennis wins £4.8m bus order from McGill’s
New bus: contract for Alexander Dennis
Alexander Dennis, the Falkirk bus manufacturer, has secured a £4.8 million order from McGill’s, Scotland’s largest independent bus operator, for 26 low emission single-deck vehicles.
The buses will be delivered by the end of March 2019 and will be used across Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and Glasgow.
Ralph Roberts, Managing Director of McGill’s, said: “When it came to this year’s bus investment, the low operating cost and high reliability of the ADL product made it an easy decision to choose the Enviro 200 product.
“Our Inverclyde and Renfrewshire routes will benefit from this £4.8m of investment and not only give our current customers an enhanced travel experience but hopefully tempt non-bus users to give the bus a try.”
ADL Chief Executive Colin Robertson said: “This deal will not only deliver benefits to passengers and residents across McGill’s operating areas in Renfrewshire and the West of Scotland, but it also helps us to retain skills and value in the Scottish economy.
“We champion a collaborative approach of working closely with our customers to support their requirements and we are delighted to continue our relationship with McGill’s.”
McGill’s chairman James Easdale said: “We are delighted to support a Scottish bus manufacturer and my brother Sandy and I are particularly proud that we have done this deal entirely free of subsidies which is quite unusual in the current business climate.”
He added: “Given there is great uncertainty in the business environment at the moment, this is a strong commitment to the Scottish transport infrastructure as well as the economy at large.”
The deal comes soon after Alexander Dennis unveiled the first of a new fleet of larger, low emission buses for Lothian in Edinburgh and a contract to provide 200 buses for Berlin.