Blackpool Transport is introducing eighteen state-of-the-art Alexander Dennis Enviro200 single decks which will signal the next stage in Blackpool Transport’s £22m plan to revitalise their entire 140-vehicle fleet.
Entering service on Monday 25th June 2018, these new vehicles are the first new single deckers delivered Blackpool Transport for several years. The 9.7m, 34-seat Enviro200s will operate on Routes 3 and 4 providing services for local schools, Blackpool and Fylde College, Whitegate Drive Health Centre and customers travelling to and from Cleveleys, Marton and Mereside.
Like the 55 ADL Enviro400 City double decks that have preceded them in the past two years, the new single decks are bristling with technology and customer-centric features, as Blackpool remains determined to establish a new, higher benchmark.
Prior to placing an order for eighteen Alexander Dennis Enviro200 midibuses, Blackpool Transport operated two demonstrators of the type on routes 3 and 4. The first example was YX17 NXA, which was with the company in May of last year. Three months later, a second, YX17 NLF, was leased by the company.
Sporting the unique yellow and grey Palladium livery, the 9.7 metre midibuses are to replace the company’s remaining fleet of Optare Solos, which were new between 2004 and 2009.
With seating capacity for 34 passengers on board, they will be able to enjoy the same extras which can also be found on Blackpool Transport’s other Palladium specification vehicles.
On board, passengers will be able to complimentary WiFi from E-Leather seats, whilst also being able to charge their mobile phone or tablet on the move thanks to the USB charging points. To further assist passengers with their journey, mobile phone holders, stop buttons at every seat, infotainment screens as well as audio and visual next stop announcements have been specified.
Commenting on the latest vehicle introductions, Jane Cole Managing Director at Blackpool Transport, said: “These new single decks mark another stage in our journey towards a completely revamped fleet. Our aim is to make the customer experience second to none, both for locals and the many visitors who form part of the 15 million people we provide services for every year.”
James Carney, Financial and Commercial Director at Blackpool Transport added: “We are striving to deliver an ambitious business plan that fulfils our shareholder’s strategy to have a world-class public transport service that is multi-modal, modern and efficient because these are vital ingredients in successful economic development.
“Much of what has been achieved is thanks to the terrific partnership we have formed with Alexander Dennis Limited, working together to design and engineer the vehicles of tomorrow.”
Sally Shaw, People and Stakeholders Director at Blackpool Transport commented: “Our rejuvenated transport system is already encouraging more visitors and inward investment. This consistent policy of upgrading the fleet makes a statement about the drive and ambition of Blackpool itself.”
Richard Matthews, ADL’s Sales Director Retail Bus and Coach, said: “Blackpool continues to throw down the gauntlet to transport authorities far and wide. They have in the past two years raised the bar in terms of their bus fleet and remain committed to their radical, five-year vehicle replacement programme, which will unquestionably put them in the vanguard of the industry. Their enthusiasm and innovation knows no bounds and it is a pleasure working with them.”
For those interested, the details of the new buses are as follows: YX18 KWA (221), YX18 KWB (222), YX18 KWC (223), YX18 KWD (224), YX18 KWE (225), YX18 KWF (226), YX18 KWG (227), YX18 KWH (228), YX18 KWJ (229), YX18 KWK (230), YX18 KWL (231), YX18 KWM (232), YX18 KWN (233), YX18 KWO (234), YX18 KWP (235), YX18 KWR (236), YX18 KWS (237) and YX18 KWT (238).