50 new electric buses for Greater Manchester

29 September 2022 #Uncategorised

Transport for Greater Manchester has ordered 50 zero-emission double-deck buses from Alexander Dennis as part of its new Bee Network.

The BYD ADL Enviro 400EV battery electric double deckers are due to operate in Wigan and Bolton, where bus franchising will be rolled out in September next year before other parts of Greater Manchester in 2024 and 2025.

They will be the first to bear the branding of the new Bee Network – Greater Manchester’s ambition for a fully integrated, London-style integrated transport system comprising buses, trams, walking and cycling, and eventually trains.

The vehicles, built at Alexander Dennis’s factory in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, are being funded by government’s City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement, with another 300 electric buses to be delivered from 2024 through to 2027.

Paul Davies, Alexander Dennis’s President & Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Transport for Greater Manchester as supplier for the first tranche of zero-emission buses for the new Bee Network.

“We look forward to playing our part in transforming bus services in Wigan and Bolton with these iconic buses, which will be built in the North of England at our factory in Scarborough and supported locally from our AD24 aftermarket hub in Skelmersdale.

“Choosing Alexander Dennis shows Transport for Greater Manchester and the Mayor’s commitment to building buses locally in the United Kingdom, for which we are grateful.

“The new livery will inspire pride in Manchester’s Bee Network and the improvements it will deliver for the region.”


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