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04. 07. 2020 11:07

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Almost 100 new buses on order for Cornwall's tendered network

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) is supplying 92 single and double-decker buses to Go-Ahead Group subsidiary Go Cornwall Bus for its new tendered bus network.

Initially, 44 were delivered against exceptionally short lead times for the start of operations.

Go Cornwall Bus commenced services on the Transport for Cornwall network on Sunday 29 March, less than three months after it was announced by Cornwall County Council as the new operator of all its tendered bus services (with the exception of Truro Park-and-Ride).

Faced with a short mobilisation period and a substantially increased vehicle requirement, the operator ordered 92 new buses from ADL.

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) is supplying 92 new buses to Go-Ahead Group subsidiary Go Cornwall Bus for a new tendered bus network. Initially, 44 were delivered against exceptionally short lead times for the start of operations.

Britain’s leading bus manufacturer delivered 44 new Enviro200 single deck buses in time for the start of services, which initially operate to a reduced timetable for essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

A further 48 buses, including 17 Enviro400 double deckers, will follow in coming months.

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.

The eight-year contract awarded by Cornwall Council requires a network of 73 bus routes in the county, representing 130 buses' work for the operator above what it already runs.

The contract is part of the next stage in Cornwall’s One Public Transport System for Cornwall project. 

Cornwall Council says that when awarding the contract, it “took into account how we can increase the use of lower emission vehicles.”

Martin Brailey, Regional Sales Director London & the South at ADL, comments: “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 has 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.”

Essex-based Swallow Coach Company has passed into administrators’ hands.  A statement on the company’s website said: “It is with great sadness that I am to advise you that the Swallow Coach Company will be passed to administrators after the close of business on Tuesday 31st March, 2020.  “The last day of operation on our contracted services 13, 61 and 133 will be the same date. For updates on these routes please contact Essex County Council Passenger Transport Team.   “This decision was not taken lightly, however given the current situation with Coronavirus and the renewal of our insurances due on 1st April, we feel that the decision to cease trading has been made for us.”

Richard Stevens, Managing Director, Go Cornwall Bus and Plymouth Citybus says: “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 stain of the second, although a huge amount of work has gone into getting a brand new fleet on the road for the 29 March 2020.

"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.”

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