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Stagecoach boosts UK economy with record £100M orders for new buses and coaches

03 Mar 2014

• Orders for regional bus operations top £545million in last seven years, plus £100million in London since 2010
• Communities in Scotland, England and Wales to benefit from latest orders
• £21million hybrid bus fleet for London and more gas buses for Sunderland
• Entire Oxford Tube fleet to be replaced, plus new coaches for megabus.com in UK and Europe
• More than 350 new vehicles to have wi-fi installed

Stagecoach Group today (Monday 3 March 2014) announced a major boost for British manufacturing as it unveiled record orders worth over £100million in hundreds of new buses and coaches.
 
Britain's biggest bus and coach operator has placed orders for almost 570 vehicles for the financial year 2014-15, benefitting communities in regions across England, Scotland and Wales. The investment in new greener vehicles also includes a £21million fleet of hybrid electric buses for London and new coaches for the company's expanding megabus.com budget travel service in the UK and Europe.

The vast majority of the new buses and coaches will be produced in the UK. The investment 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*.
 
It is the largest set of orders ever placed by Stagecoach and is also understood to be the biggest placed by any bus operator in Britain. It takes Stagecoach Group's total orders of new buses and coaches for its regional bus operations in the UK to around £545million in last seven years. The Group has also ordered more than £100million of new vehicles for its London bus operations since buying the business in 2010.

In the next financial year, Stagecoach is investing more than £81million in 495 new vehicles to go into service in local communities outside London, across Scotland, England and Wales. In addition, a £21million fleet of 70 state-of-the-art hybrid buses will be introduced at the Group’s London operations.

All of the new vehicles will be fitted with CCTV while more than 350 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 2014.

Highlights of the latest investment are:

• More than 420 low-floor double-decker, single-decker, midi and mini buses for Stagecoach regional bus networks in the UK. These include a fleet of 29 next-generation model double deck vehicles for Manchester services and 38 new Gold specification vehicles to go into service across the UK.
• A special consignment of 26 state-of-the-art double-deck coaches to replace the entire existing Oxford Tube fleet.
• 72 cleaner, greener hybrid vehicles to go into operation in London
• A further 23 eco-friendly gas buses for the company’s operations in Sunderland
• A total of 17 new coaches for megabus.com in the UK and Europe as well as inter-urban bus routes in the UK and a further three megabusGold.com sleepercoach vehicles.

All of the new vehicles meet Euro 5 or Euro 6 emissions standards.

Stagecoach is already the UK’s biggest investor in green hybrid electric buses, which produce up to 30% less carbon emissions than standard buses. The company has more than 270 hybrid electric buses already in service across the UK.

Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: “This record investment is a major boost for UK jobs in manufacturing and many other smaller businesses in the supply chain.

"It is also a huge vote of confidence in the future of bus and coach travel in Britain. By investing in quality and continuing to offer the best value travel of any major operator in the UK, we can help people save money, rely less on their cars and use a greener way to access work, health, education and leisure."

Details of the new orders are as follows:

UK REGIONAL OPERATIONS
• 69 ADL Enviro 400 Scania double-deckers
• 86 ADL Enviro 300 single-deckers
• 28 ADL Enviro 300 Scania single-deckers
• 23 ADL Enviro 300 Scania GAS single-deckers
• 26 Astromega Euro 6 double deck coaches
• 3 Astromega Euro 5 double-deck coaches
• 6 Van Hool Altano TDX 21 left-hand drive coaches
• 199 ADL Enviro 200 Dart 4 midibuses
• 2 ADL Enviro 200 Dart 4 Euro 6 midibuses
• 29 ADL Enviro400 Euro 6 double-deckers
• 13 Optare Solo Cummins minibuses
• 8 Plaxton Elite i Volvo B11R Euro 6 coaches
• 3 Van Hool Astromega double-deck sleepercoach vehicles

LONDON

• 32 Wrightbus Gemini Volvo B5LH Euro 6 hybrid double-deckers
• 40 ADL Enviro 400 Trident Euro 6 hybrid double-deckers
• 1 ADL Enviro 400 Trident Conventional Euro 6

For further information about Stagecoach bus services, visit www.stagecoachbus.com.

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For media enquiries, please contact: Stagecoach Group Communications on 01738 442111 or email media@stagecoachgroup.com

NOTES TO EDITORS

*Below are some examples of the suppliers who will benefit from these vehicle orders:

Suppliers:

• CCTV - Synectics Ltd (UK)
• WiFi - Icomera (UK)
• Drivers Seat - Chapman Drivers Seating Ltd (UK)
• Bus Passenger Seats - Lazzerini (Italy)
• Coach Passenger Seats - van Hool (van Hool coaches)
• Coach Passenger Seats - Fainsa _ Spain (Plaxton Coaches)
• Destination Equipment - Hanover Displays (UK)
• Wheelchair Lift -  PLS (Passenger Lift Services) UK
• Coach Toilets - Shades Technics ltd (UK)

Bus fares
• Stagecoach has twice 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 and 2011. The 2011 study found weekly bus travel with Stagecoach was on average 17.5% cheaper than other bus operators and the difference could save passengers an average of nearly £150 a year. TAS analysed nearly 1,100 fares across different regions, area types and operators for its National Fares Survey 2011. The research covered Stagecoach, First, Go Ahead, Veolia Transdev, National Express, Arriva, independent operators, and municipal bus companies.

Stagecoach Group

• Stagecoach Group is a leading international public transport group, with extensive operations in the UK, United States and Canada. The Group employs around 35,000 people, and operates bus, coach, train, and tram services.
• Stagecoach is one of UK’s biggest bus and coach operators with around 8,000 buses and coaches.  Around 2.5 million passengers travel on Stagecoach's buses every day on a network stretching from south-west England to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.  The Group’s business includes major city bus operations in London, Liverpool, Newcastle,   Hull,   Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield and Cambridge. Low-cost coach service, megabus.com, operates between around 60 towns and cities across the UK.
• Stagecoach is a major UK rail operator, running the South West Trains, Island Line and East Midlands Trains networks. It has a 49% shareholding in Virgin Rail Group, which operates the West Coast inter-city rail franchise.
• Stagecoach also operates the Supertram light rail network in Sheffield.
• In North America, Stagecoach operates around 2,900 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 and transit services, contracted bus services, charters, sightseeing tours and a small number of school bus services.