Perth firm invests £80m

Alexander Dennis boost from Stagecoach eco-buses

Alexander Dennis enviro busFalkirk bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis has received a share of an £80 million order for low-emission vehicles from transport company Stagecoach.

The Perth company is introducing 351 “cleaner, greener” buses and coaches this year on networks in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as its routes in the UK.

Alexander Dennis and its subsidiary Plaxton will build 312 vehicles. The investment includes 131 low-floor double-decker vehicles, as well as about 95 single-deck vehicles and 28 midi-buses.

Stagecoach chief executive Martin Griffiths said: “This is a huge investment by the private sector in providing better mobility and better air quality in local communities.

“It follows other significant investment that we’ve made in smart ticketing, improved information for customers and digital technology.”

Perth-based Stagecoach said “virtually all” of the vehicles met the UK government’s specifications for low carbon emission buses, with a mixture of electric vehicle technology and the latest Euro 6 emissions standard engines.

Colin Robertson, chief executive at ADL said: This is testament to our significant investment in developing a range of vehicles which meets our customers’ needs.

“The UK bus market has declined by almost a third in the last four years but remains extremely competitive, so every order win is hard fought.  A contract of this significance will enable us to continue to invest in our people, processes and products to sustain and grow our business in these challenging times.”

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