VDL BUS & COACH GETS ORDER FOR 228 CITEAS FROM ARRIVA NETHERLANDS
Public transport company Arriva Netherlands has signed a contract with VDL Bus & Coach for the delivery of 228 Citeas, to be put in service in the southern and eastern parts of the Netherlands. The order consists of 151 VDL Citea LLE-120s, 14 VDL Citea SLF-120 Electrics and 4 articulated VDL Citea SLFA-180 Electrics. A further 19 VDL Citea SLF-120s, 28 VDL Citea LLE-99s and 12 VDL Citea LLE-99 Electrics are also to be deployed in Limburg. The Citea LLE-99 is 9.9 metres in length, making it a new length variant of the VDL Citea LLE, and it recently also became available in a fully electric version.
An added bonus is that the vast majority of the buses are to be built in Friesland, one of the provinces where they will be put in service. The VDL plant in Roeselare, Belgium, will also produce several vehicles
The 12-metre-long Citea LLE-120 is distinguished by its extremely low net weight, with major advantages being significantly lower fuel consumption in comparison to conventional buses and lower maintenance costs. The fuel savings not only means lower operating costs but also significant reduction of the CO2 emissions. The low floor construction at the entry and exit doors provides optimal accessibility for wheelchair users and passengers with baby buggies. This accessibility is further enhanced by the lack of any floor height changes between the entry and exit doors. The new, shorter variant, the VDL Citea LLE-99 (9.9 metres in length), has been specifically designed for sparsely populated areas and for scheduled services with clear peak and off-peak times. In areas with lower demand for transport the deployment of smaller buses contributes to a greener image. The Citea SLF (Low Floor), with its completely flat floor, compact dimensions and great manoeuvrability, is the ideal city bus.
For its electric buses VDL Bus & Coach offers the opportunity to choose from various electric drive systems, battery packs and charging systems so the most ideal and optimal combination can be selected for every deployment area, without affecting accessibility, interior layout or comfort. As a result, passengers are taken to their destination in a low-noise and environmentally friendly manner, but also in a comfortable manner. For the West Frisian Islands and the city services in Maastricht Arriva has opted for 14 VDL Citea SLF-120 Electrics, which are 12 metres in length, and 4 articulated VDL Citea SLFA-180 Electrics, which are 18 metres in length. In Venlo 12 VDL Citea LLE-99 Electrics, which are 9.9 metres in length, will also be deployed. All electric Citeas are fitted with a rapid charging system using a pantograph.
Arriva Netherlands is part of the Arriva Group, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn. Arriva is operating in 14 European countries. In the Netherlands Arriva employs 5,000 staff in the provinces of Drenthe, Flevoland, Friesland, Gelderland, Groningen, North Brabant, Overijssel and South Holland. In addition to train and bus service, Arriva operates the waterbus in South Holland in partnership with Koninklijke Doeksen and is active in the Dutch touring coach sector under the name of Arriva Touring.
VDL Bus & Coach
The core activities of VDL Bus & Coach consist of the development, manufacturing, sales and after-sales of a wide range of buses, coaches and chassis modules, the conversion or extension of mini & midi buses and the purchase and sales of second-hand buses.