ALEXANDER DENNIS BUILDS DOUBLEDECK BUSES FOR LAUSANNE
Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) will deliver 13 Enviro500 double-deck buses to Transports publics de la région lausannoise (TL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The buses will have capacity for 120 passengers, 79 of them seated, and will enter service from July 2019 to replace and enlarge tl’s double-deck fleet. With 79 seats, 52 of them upstairs, tl’s customers will travel in full safety and comfort, while the provision of three doors and two staircases guarantees smooth passenger flow.
The approximately 42-foot, three-axle Enviro500 buses will serve regional routes, which provide connections between city and countryside. On the lower deck, there is space for passengers with reduced mobility, offering room for up to two wheelchairs or multiple pushchairs. The Enviro500 will be built to a high specification, which notably includes double glazing, LED lighting, and USB sockets, allowing passengers to charge their electronic devices.
The Enviro500 ordered by TL will remain within the Continental European vehicle height limit of approximately 13 feet. ADL is using its global expertise to adapt these double-deck buses to local requirements. They nevertheless benefit from common components and design structures shared with a fleet of over 6,000 Enviro500 in service around the world, such as the lightweight aluminum body structure that delivers good fuel efficiency.
The deal with TL is ADL’s second contract for double-deck buses in Continental Europe after a launch order for 19 Enviro500 was placed by PostAuto for use in Eastern Switzerland. The first of these have been in service since mid-2017.
The Enviro500 for TL will be built at ADL’s factories in the UK.