Stagecoach passengers set to benefit from low-emission buses in 2023
Stagecoach passengers across Oxford, Manchester, Yorkshire, Preston, Northampton, Mansfield, Portsmouth, Chichester, Winchester, Torquay, Folkestone and Newcastle will benefit from more sustainable buses from 2023.
Stagecoach has announced that its passengers are set to benefit from a multi-million pound investment in 200 new low-emission double decker buses, which will be introduced across the country in 2023. It represents the largest single order placed in the UK bus industry in 2022.
Passengers in towns and cities across the UK will see the new buses start to be delivered from March 2023. The new buses will be manufactured in the UK by Alexander Dennis. They feature Euro VI engines, which are significantly cleaner engines, helping to cut carbon emissions. This investment means that Stagecoach will remove older buses from its fleet, benefitting local air quality.
Stagecoach is continuing to cut carbon emissions as part of its sustainability strategy, with the target of a zero emissions UK bus fleet by 2035. During 2021-2022, through modal shift, Stagecoach bus services have helped to avoid over 19,000 tonnes of CO2. The 200 new double decker buses will help reduce a further 3,500 of carbon tonnes per year.
In Scotland, Stagecoach has also announced that it will be introducing the UK’s first all-electric city bus networks in Inverness and Perth, with a fleet of 38 new electric buses helping to drive cleaner air in these two major cities.
Sam Greer, Regional Director for Stagecoach, said: “We are proud of the continued investment we are making to our fleet with the largest single order for new buses in the UK this year (2022). This really shows our commitment to the future prosperity of our communities and to our people who can all benefit from cleaner transport and a growing bus sector. These new double decker buses will complement the investment we are already making with our electric buses to modernise our fleet in some of Britain’s major towns and cities, enabling reduced pollution and meaning customers will see more comfortable, quieter and newer vehicles on their everyday journeys.”
The 200 new low-emission double decker buses will replace older buses in the Stagecoach fleet and will be introduced in Oxford, Manchester, Yorkshire, Preston, Northampton, Mansfield, Portsmouth, Chichester, Winchester, Torquay, Folkestone and Newcastle.
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