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Date: February 12, 2024
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Stagecoach will add 48 zero-emission buses from Wrightbus to operate in London: When will they arrive?

The agreement between Wrightbus and Stagecoach follows a series of new orders, including a £25.3 million contract to supply 117 battery-electric vehicles for First Bus across the UK.

Leading bus manufacturer Wrightbus has secured a new order to deliver 48 zero emission buses for Stagecoach in London.

Sam Greer, Engineering Director for Stagecoach, said: “The investment we are making in zero emission vehicles will support our strategy to having a zero emission bus fleet across all our operations by 2035.”

The double deck Electroliners will be ready by the end of the year and will enable passengers to enjoy greener, cleaner journeys.

Ian Gillott, Managing Director (Parts and Services) at Wrightbus, said: “We are delighted to announce another significant order. It has been a real team effort between Wrightbus and Stagecoach to deliver this exciting deal.”

“It strengthens the reputation we have forged in the zero emission transport sector and will help play an important part in the UK’s ambitions for decarbonisation,” he added.

The new buses will be manufactured at Wrightbus’s headquarters in Ballymena in Northern Ireland, supporting hundreds of new high-skilled jobs to help level up and grow the economy.

“Our electric buses – the GB Kite Electroliner BEV and the StreetDeck Electroliner BEV, which is the world’s most efficient double deck battery-electric bus – are manufactured and assembled at our Ballymena factory, which means support for jobs in NI, and wider across the UK through our domestic supply chain,” stated Gillott.

The deal comes on the back of a string of new orders, including a 25.3 million pounds contract to supply 117 battery-electric vehicles for First Bus across the UK.

Louise Cheeseman, Transport for London’s Director of Buses, said: “With the help of partners like Wrightbus we are transforming the bus network and London’s air quality to build a better, greener city for all Londoners.”

“By bringing these new electric buses to London, Stagecoach and Wrightbus are bringing us closer to making our fleet, already one of the largest in Europe, fully zero emission. We’re looking forward to seeing these more comfortable and environmentally friendly vehicles when they arrive later this year,” she added.

Founded in 1946, Wrightbus has been at the forefront of the movement to decarbonise public transport across the United Kingdom and Ireland with its world-first hydrogen double decker, the StreetDeck Hydroliner, alongside the Electroliner.

Read more: Through an £82.5 million project, Oxford launched one of the largest e-bus fleets in the UK

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