NEW THREE-AXLE ADL ENVIRO400XLB DOUBLE DECKER
A brand new three-axle double decker with 100 seats is developed by Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) in close collaboration with Lothian, municipal bus operator in Edinburgh, and chassis manufacturer Volvo. The new bus will be on the roads in and around Edinburgh from next January onwards.
Lothian has ordered 42 of these new 100-seat Enviro400XLB three-axle double deckers. They are manufactured in the ADL factory in Falkirk, securing jobs and adding value to the Scottish economy directly and via the extensive local supply chain.
Lothian’s services in the Scottish capital are experiencing consistent patronage growth. Lothians transports over 350,000 customers every day. The company currently employs over 2500 staff, operates around 900 vehicles across 80 routes and carries over 2.3 million customers per week. The operator needed capacity for busy routes in the Scottish capital. The 13.4m Enviro400XLB offers 100 seats and is able to carry up to 131 passengers in total. Its front and middle doors will speed-up dwell times at bus stops. It has been built to higher standards than bus users in Edinburgh are familiar with, with high-backed seating, wifi, USB charging, mood lighting and audio-visual stop announcements. This Enviro400XLB is the first bus for the United Kingdom to be mounted on Volvo’s recently launched three-axle B8L chassis, powered by the 350hp Euro 6 D8K engine and is equipped with a ZF EcoLife gearbox.
The first of these 42 buses was handed over by ADL Chief Executive Colin Robertson to Lothian Managing Director Richard Hall on 8th November in a ceremony at the manufacturer’s Falkirk plant that was attended by Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson, who said: ”These 42 brand new Euro 6 vehicles will help improve air quality in Edinburgh and provide modern amenities, making an attractive offer to customers.
The Enviro400XLB is developed especially for the UK market. For international markets the Enviro500 remains Alexander Dennis’s three-axle double deck product.