Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News


14 Jun 2019 by Matt Harrison

Customers across the North to enjoy never seen before features as operator backs UK bus builders

We’re buying British – that’s the plan from North of England bus operator Transdev as it reveals orders worth £3.5million have been placed for British built buses in 2019.

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The company, which provides bus services across a wide area of Yorkshire and Lancashire, says its new buses will be built to a unique specification, as it seeks to build on the success of its high-quality branded routes serving thousands of people every day in cities, coast and countryside on both sides of the Pennines.

A total of 21 new buses – 13 single deck and eight double deck – are now on order from UK-based bus builders Alexander Dennis in Scarborough and Wright of Ballymena in Northern Ireland, demonstrating Transdev’s commitment to supporting jobs and innovation in Britain’s bus industry.

Transdev’s new buses for delivery in 2019 include:

  • Five Wright Streetdeck double deck buses for the innovative Cityzap express service between Leeds and York, featuring luxury interiors and packed with high-tech, customer friendly features. Cityzap launched between the two Yorkshire cities in 2016, achieving rapidly growing customer numbers with a quarter of a million people choosing to travel on the innovative service in its first year alone
  • 13 Alexander Dennis Enviro E200MMC single deck buses to revolutionise travel on The Blackburn Bus Company’s popular route 1, linking Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton with up to eight buses an hour providing a frequent and friendly service for commuting, shopping and leisure

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said: “We’re delighted to be buying British again with our exciting new buses in 2019, as we continue in our mission to provide an amazing travel experience across the North. Our vision is to create a desire to travel, with customers feeling proud to be seen on our buses, and these impressive new buses will help us to surpass even the most demanding customer expectations.

“At Transdev, we place our customers at the heart of everything we do, and each of our new buses now on order will offer several new and never seen before features for them to enjoy.

“We’ll reveal more of the details as we move closer to introducing these new buses in Lancashire and Yorkshire – but for now, we can certainly say they’ll be unique, and will build on the valued feedback we receive from our customers to help us attract many more people to discover the benefits of choosing the bus.

“Every one of these vehicles will also feature the very latest low-emission technology, helping to further reduce our carbon footprint while creating one of the greenest bus fleets in Britain.

“I’m immensely proud of our fantastic team of people who welcome our customers onto our services every day, and I know their hard work plus our bold investment in high quality, British built buses will prove a winning combination for our road ahead.”

Colin Robertson, Chief Executive of Alexander Dennis Limited, said: “When an award-winning operator like Transdev Blazefield chooses our Enviro200MMC single deck buses, it’s a resounding endorsement of our continual investment in product and technology development. It has been a pleasure to develop their amazing specification with the Transdev team. We will build these buses in the North of England at our Scarborough factory and Transdev will benefit from our best-in-class Aftermarket support, which we deliver out of our service centre in Skelmersdale.”

Chris Wise, Account Manager at Wrightbus, said: “Wrightbus are pleased to continue a long established relationship with Transdev Blazefield with the purchase of these 5 ground-breaking Streetdecks. Working closely with the team at Transdev we have built on the award winning Coastliner and the 36 vehicles to provide the traveling public with the next level of comfort and innovation. These will be the first complete Wrightbus double deck vehicles delivered to Transdev Blazefield and are due for completion later this year.”

Details of Transdev’s local and interurban bus services across the North are available online at http://www.transdevplc.co.uk, and on its free-to-download “Transdev Go” mobile app, proudly designed and built in Britain to deliver up-to-the-minute bus travel information and best value ticket options plus the ability to track a bus in real time throughout its journey.