SOCIAL DISTANCING IMPACTS ‘PHASE TWO’ OF ADL UK BUS ORDER

Photography by: courtesy ADL


DESPITE SHORT LEAD TIMES due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, Alexander Dennis (ADL) successfully mobilised ‘Phase One’ delivery of 44 buses from an overall order of 92 to operator Go-Ahead Group, for the Transport for Cornwall bus network, it reports recently.

SOCIAL DISTANCING IMPACTS ‘PHASE TWO’ OF ADL UK BUS ORDER
The first ADL Enviro200 buses leave the Go Cornwall Bus depot to launch the new Transport for Cornwall network on Sunday, 29 March, 2020.

New Flyer Industries (NFI) subsidiary ADL is providing the order of 92 buses to Go-Ahead Group’s Go Cornwall Bus subsidiary for a new tendered bus network. The first 44 were delivered against exceptionally short lead times for the start of operations, the company confirms.

Go Cornwall Bus commenced services on the Transport for Cornwall network on Sunday, 29 March, 2020 - less than three months after it was announced by Cornwall County Council as the new operator of all its tendered bus services, it explains. Faced with a short mobilisation period and a substantially increased vehicle requirement, the operator ordered 92 new buses from ADL, it’s reported.

No fewer than 44 new Enviro200 single-deck buses were delivered in time for the start of services, which initially operate to a reduced timetable for essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic, the company says.

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PHASE TWO

According to the company, a further 48 buses - including 17 Enviro400 double-deckers - will follow in coming months. As ADL explains, these were initially expected by June, but their completion "may be delayed" by the temporary suspension of production at ADL’s British manufacturing sites in response to government advice on social distancing.

Martin Brailey, regional sales director, London and the South at ADL, said: "Setting up the new Transport for Cornwall network in less than three months would have been a formidable task even without the impact of current events, but Go Cornwall Bus have fully risen to this challenge." "We are proud to have been chosen to provide the new fleet of buses, and our flexibility and ability to support customers’ requirements allowed us to have 44 of them ready in a matter of weeks," he said.

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Richard Stevens, managing director, Go Cornwall Bus and Plymouth Citybus said: "With tight timescales for the contract the two biggest worries would be getting enough drivers and buses. The deal for 92 new buses eased the strain of the second, although a huge amount of work has gone into getting a brand new fleet on the road for the 29th March, 2020," he explained.

"With the reduction in service due to Covid-19, we have managed to not use any borrowed buses, but go live with what is a brand new fleet. We look forward to phase two and for Transport for Cornwall having the newest fleet in the country," he said.

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ABOUT NFI

With 9,000 team members operating from more than 50 facilities across 10 countries, 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.

ABOUT ADL

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 says. 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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