By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy ADL

UK BUS OPERATOR Stagecoach has placed and order for 34 double-deck luxury coaches – the largest for ADL-owned Plaxton’s Panorama model – to be used by the Oxford Tube: Europe’s ‘most frequent coach service’, it’s reported recently.

“The new solar panels are an innovative way to look to other sources of energy to power the on-board features..." said Chris Coleman, managing director at Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, UK.

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), a subsidiary of North America’s NFI Group Inc. (NFI), one of the world’s largest independent global bus manufacturers, confirms its coach brand Plaxton received the order and they’ll be built at the Plaxton factory in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK, on Volvo B11RLE chassis. These new buses will replace and expand the Oxford Tube fleet this summer – a frequent express service that connects Oxford and London ‘around the clock’, with departures scheduled every 8-10 minutes at busiest times, it states.

Customers of the premium coach service are set to benefit from the latest in passenger comfort with on-board features including wireless and USB charging, reading lights and extendable tables complete with mobile device and cup holders throughout, in addition to extra legroom and reclining seats, the company states.

In addition, the new coaches have been designed to improve the service for those with additional accessibility needs with a more seamless boarding process for wheelchair users, it confirms.




Five of the new coaches will be fitted with roof-mounted solar panels in a trial designed to reduce auxiliary energy loads on the engine, bringing down emissions and delivering greater fuel efficiency, ADL states.

The Plaxton Panorama was first launched in 2018 and has quickly established itself as the UK’s leading double-deck coach, it says. With a flat lower saloon floor, its interior can be tailored to the requirements of express coach operations with flexible configurations that enhance accessibility, ADL explains.


Mark Ballam, Coach Commercial manager at Alexander Dennis, said: "This new order is a resounding confirmation of the concept of the Plaxton Panorama, which has been designed to offer operators unrivalled flexibility."

"The 34 Plaxton Panorama taking over Europe’s most frequent coach service will prove themselves to be dependable workhorses in a highly demanding operation, where they are bound to win over customers with an outstanding journey experience."



Chris Coleman, managing director at Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, said: "The new solar panels are an innovative way to look to other sources of energy to power the on-board features and part of our overall strategy to offer more sustainable travel options for our customers."

"The new coaches will offer customers the latest in comfort and design features [that] will make the journey even more comfortable, enjoyable and convenient for those travelling with us."





With 9,000 team members operating from more than 50 facilities across 10 countries, New Flyer Industries (NFI) is a leading independent global bus manufacturer providing a comprehensive suite of mass transportation solutions under brands: New Flyer® (heavy-duty transit buses); Alexander Dennis Limited (single and double-deck buses); Plaxton (motor coaches); MCI® (motor coaches); ARBOC® (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses); and NFI Parts™, it states.

NFI buses and motor coaches incorporate the widest range of drive systems available including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, and zero-emission electric (trolley, battery, and fuel cell), it says.

In total, NFI now supports more than 105,000 buses and coaches currently in service around the world, it adds.

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Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of double-deck buses and is also the UK’s largest bus and coach manufacturer, it states.

ADL offers single- and double-deck vehicles under the brands of Alexander Dennis and Plaxton, and has more than 31,000 vehicles in service in the UK, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and the United States, it explains.

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