12 January 2017

The City in the City

A new bus is in town which I am sure is going to generate a lot of excitement once it hits the road. It will be used on the 21 Red Flash service.

Meet the Enviro400 City, the stunning new variant of Britain’s best-selling double deck bus, the Enviro400. It is a vehicle that brings together elegance, practicality and a contemporary new look with a raft of sophisticated yet pragmatic design solutions, all of which give real street presence, while retaining the passenger comfort and dependability that are the core features of the marketleading Enviro400 range.

This is another vehicle from Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) that raises the bar for the industry, creating a real desire for ridership amongst passengers. It is lighter, more fuel efficient, more reliable and more competitively-priced than any double deck in its class, yet still capable of carrying up to 100 passengers. Available in lengths from 10.5m – 11.5m, the Enviro400 City is powered by a robust 6.7 litre Euro6 Cummins engine that operators regard as reliable and capable of optimising performance week-after-week, year-after-year. Proven technology, class-leading performance, reliability, durability and serviceability, a stylish, contemporary new bus that exceeds all expectations. ADL 400City

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Thanks to Jason Beverley for kindly supplying the excellent photos. Let us know what you think, especially your thoughts if and when you get the chance to have a ride

12 comments:

  1. Excellent! It looks lovely! I think the white destination display looks a lot sharper and stands out better than the usual orange LED or old style yellow dots.

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  2. I like it but i bet this will end up like the mmc that came down 2015 (or 14) it will be tested and wont become of anything... though the mmc never went on the road

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    1. you might just be very surprised then...

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  3. A ververy good looking bus for the revamped 14 and now you will need to add 9098 SN66WLK and the new livery and photo link for 707 WX62HHE

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    1. 9098 is not the fleetnumber with Plymouth Citybus, it is 4321!
      9098 was the fleetnumber when it was with Go North East.
      What do you mean by "revamped 14" ?

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    2. Anonymous15 January 2017 at 21:17 i think they meant by revaped 14 by saying it dont go into langage/plympton, though its always a mpd/solo on that long route like the old 47 with step darts

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    3. Thanks Anon 17 January 2017 at 08:02 your explanation has only added more confusion.
      What has a very good looking bus got to do with the revamped 14.(whatever that might be)

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  4. Its styling seems to owe a little to London's Borismaster - but, to my mind, with its deeper windows, looks better. It looks really smart, though, and certainly deserves to go on to a premium route. The back upstairs has got an awful lot of glass, so I hope air circulation and cooling has been thought through - one of the main complaints about the new London bus is that the top deck gets very hot in summer.

    If the front (and rear?) destination displays are white on black as well, to my mind that would be an improvement on the electronic displays. Both London and Edinburgh (and elsewhere, too?) have avoided electronic destinations, instead using electrically driven and positioned roller blinds - the advantage being legibility, especially when the sun is shining directly on to the display.

    I am not familiar with modern power units, but 6.7 litres seems on the small side for such a large vehicle - could it cope with a standing start with a standing load from a bus stop on a steep hill, of which Plymouth has a selection? Also - is it now time to go hybrid, rather than straight diesel?

    But it looks good - and there is little doubt it will turn heads.

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  5. Come on Graham spill the beans!!, you can't leave things hanging like that!!.

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  6. is this true as a bus driver said they fixed the broken mirror on this demo and also said its going back to adl now not staying in plymouth? or was he just joking about it

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    1. Yes, it was only used in service for one day. I photographed it on the 21.

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  7. How will PCB cope with a Ray Stenning liveried bus?

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