24 July 2006

More new buses heading this way

Hot on the heals of news that First Devon & Cornwall are to receive the new Alexander-Dennis Enviro 400 double deckers for the Park and Ride contract come this report that Plymouth Citybus are early customers of the Enviro200 - the replacement for the Dennis Dart.
Story from Bus and Coach.

ALEXANDER DENNIS has confirmed 60 orders for its new Enviro200Dart which was launched in Guildford this week. The replacement for the Dart is now available with four- and six-cylinder Euro 4 Cummins ISBe engines. There are five length options – 8.9m, 9.3m, 10.2m, 10.7m and 11.3m. The six cylinder engine adds 0.2m to the overall length.
Initially Alexander Dennis offers two gearbox choices, Alison 2100 four- or five-speed automatic and Voith DV500 three-speed automatic, however Allison’s T280R will be an additional option at a later date as a four- or five-speed automatic.
The Enviro200Dart has new Dana front and rear axles and disc brakes all round. The front and rear modules are identical at all length options with the mid section adjusted to create wheelbase options from 3,850mm to 5,980mm. In common with the development of the Enviro400 double-deck, the new Dart includes more fixed seats with a capacity of 26 plus a wheelchair position and 16 standees at 8.9m and 37 plus wheelchair and 20 standees at 11.3m.
The first Enviro200Dart to go on the road will be a 10.7m 37-seat model for Cheshire-based Jim Stones. Another early order is 25 for Alliance & Leicester’s new bus rental fleet, Travel London (12), Stagecoach London (8), Plymouth Citybus (3) and Epsom Coaches (11). Apart from the Epsom order which will have East Lancs Esteem bodies, the others will all be bodied at Alexander.

Plymouth Citybus are already expecting 8 new 10.7M Darts from Alexander Dennis which I guess will be due shortly. Citybus usually put new buses on the road in September.

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