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Stagecoach plans Devon Bus Expansion
|30th July 2012
Stagecoach Group has announced that it is planning to expand its bus network in Devon this September. The transport group is set to provide new services and create some jobs in the area. The new network will deliver vital bus links in North Devon, building on the group’s track-record of investment and good value-for-money fares in the region.
The company is planning to operate its new and expanded services from its depot in Barnstable. The depot currently has 120 staff and runs about 50 buses. With this new investment, Stagecoach will be recruiting new drivers and adding a dozen vehicles
In March, Stagecoach announced that they had reached a deal to acquire the North Devon operations run by First Group. This would have allowed them to provide a range of improvements to a larger bus network. However, they decided they couldn’t justify further expense and management time to pursue the acquisition after the decision by the Office of Fair Trading to refer the transaction to the Competition Commission.
Stagecoach to invest in new coach fleet
2nd November 2012
Stagecoach today announced an order valued at £3.2 million for new coaches for its Megabus.com subsiduary
The Plaxton built 15 metre coaches, supplied on Volvo B11RT tri axle underframes will be used on the principle Anglo Scottish coach services
They have the latest state of the art Euro 5 engines for green efficiency and can carry up to 75 passengers with Roll On level access for wheel chair users
The coaches will in a special metallic version of of the Megabus.com livery to mark the tenth annivarsary of budget service in 2012
Stagecoach continue to expand in the North West
13th November 2012
The Stagecoach Group has today anounced its intention to buy the Cheshire and Birkenhead bus operations from the First Group
This follows the acquisition of the Wigan business two weeks ago
New Van HoolTram Bus for Malmo
|Van Hool, an independent manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles, has signed a contract with Nobina, the largest passenger transport company in Scandinavia, to supply 15 hybrid Exqui.Citys that will be used to carry passengers in Malmö and the Skane region in Sweden from June 2014.
Van Hool is the first manufacturer to be awarded a contract for this kind of vehicle in Scandinavia. Sometimes referred to as a “tram-bus” because of its appearance, the hybrid “Exqui.City design Malmö” will be an electrically driven, 24-metre-long, bi-articulated vehicle.
Its electricity will be produced by a generator connected to a Euro6 biogas engine. Van Hool has previously been awarded contracts to supply 92 similar models of the Exqui.City in Metz (France), Barcelona (Spain), Parma (Italy) and Geneva (Switzerland), among other places.
Van Hool presented a roadworthy prototype of the Exqui.City at Busworld in Kortrijk, Belgium, for the first time exactly one year ago. This new type of vehicle has a multi propulsion platform and this platform means that the Exqui.City, both the 18-metre and the 24-metre design, can be configured in various, environmental versions such as a trolley, hybrid, fuel cell hybrid or full electric bus.
The Exqui.City combines the flexibility of a bus with the efficiency of a tram. The new “tram-buses” are very futuristic in design and offer a high level of comfort with air-conditioning, a low noise level and soft lighting. A low floor and the four double doors guarantee optimal accessibility
STAGECOACH INVESTMENT IN AUTOMATIC VEHICLE LOCATION SYSTEM FOR R
8th July 2013
Stagecoach has announced a multi-million-pound investment in a nationwide automatic vehicle location system for its 7,000-strong regional bus fleet in the UK.
It will build on current ticketing system technology to develop a platform to deliver key service information to customers and local authorities. Work on a pilot is expected to be completed by summer 2014, with the system fully deployed in late 2015.
It will allow for real time service information to be provided to customers via smartphone apps and the internet. The system is also a cost-effective way to help local authorities deliver real time passenger information.
The Company, which will be the first major UK bus operator to use ticketing system technology in this way nationally, also expects it to help improve bus schedule efficiency and service performance.
A contract to supply and provide on-going support of the system has been awarded by Stagecoach to VIX Technology, a global provider of integrated transit and mobility solutions making it easier for people to use and pay for public transport.
Stagecoach’s existing VIX TP5000 ticket machines already support ITSO smartcards, such as concessionary bus passes and Stagecoach Smart products such as the multi-journey Dayrider and Megarider tickets.
The system will be used to track vehicle location, monitoring and reporting progress in real time. It will provide this information to back office systems for use on bus stop displays, mobile apps and the internet.