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UK’s first Volvo 9700 double deck coaches

13 June 2024 #Bus and Coach #TNB News

A fleet of 16 new Volvo 9700 double decker coaches have been put into service in Scotland – the first of the model to be rolled out on UK roads – now operating on Megabus and Scottish Citylink services.

The new vehicles are the first of an order for 43 Volvo B13R 9700 double-decks on order for Stagecoach, part-owner of Scottish Citylink Coaches.

Seven of these will join Scottish Citylink’s Megabus fleet in Cumbernauld, carrying passengers on the M11 and M20 route between Glasgow, Edinburgh, and London.

Nine more have been delivered to depots in Cumbernauld and Perth, carrying passengers between Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Each of the Volvo B13R 9700 double-deck coaches is 14.8m long and features an integral body, built by Finnish coachbuilder Carrus Delta.

Equipped with the Euro-6 Volvo D13K engine, delivering up to 500hp, the chassis benefits from intelligent features including the Electronic Braking System (EBS), CMS Camera system, Collision Warning with Emergency Brake, Brake Blending, Acceleration Slip Regulation, and Electronic Stability Control.

The new double decks joining Megabus can carry up to 81 passengers on Volvo’s coach line seats and one wheelchair user, providing maximum passenger comfort.

There is also a USB port, monitor and microphones, alongside safety features including Knee Impact Protection, Lane Keeping Support and Driver Alert System, and Bosch audio/video system with separate radio and DVD.

Simone Walsh, Scottish Citylink Managing Director, said: “We are operating services covering thousands of miles across varied terrain and in unpredictable weather conditions every day; this increased capacity will improve efficiencies across the business while improving our passenger experience.”

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