FIRST EIGHT PLAXTON LEOPARD 49 SEATERS FOR LOTHIAN
The first eight of an order of 42 interurban Plaxton Leopard coaches are to be handed over this weekend to Lothiancountry at the UK Coach Rally in Blackpool this weekend. The eight coaches are part of a multi-million pound order with Alexander Dennis, and will provide a significant upgrade to one of Lothian’s operating subsidiaries.
The coaches will be deployed on growing express routes operated by Lothiancountry into Scotland’s capital city and are built to a new interurban specification with 49 seats that was developed in close collaboration between ADL en Lothiancountry. This new interurban Plaxton Leopard is based on the 12.8m model. It has 49 comfortable seats with three-point seatbelts, a double door in the centre of the vehicle which integrates a full wheelchair lift. Wheelchair users travel in a designated wheelchair bay in the main saloon opposite the centre doors and are secured in a forward facing position using a simple wheelchair and passenger restraint system. A full set of destination displays ensures that the interurban Plaxton Leopard is fully compliant with PSV Accessibility Regulations. These Plaxton Leopard coaches are build on a Volvo B8R 4x2 chassis with a Euro 6 engine matched to a ZF EcoLife automatic transmission. The Leopard is equipped with safety features such as an Advanced Emergency Braking System and Lane Departure Warning. With this investment Lothian wants to create a modal shift from the car. “This in order to reduce congestion and environmental impacts across our society. To give commuters a credible alternative coupled with high levels of customer service means that our investment in these new 49-seat coaches with improved accessibility features has been designed with the customer’s comfort and convenience in mind”, says Richard Hall, Managing Director of Lothian.
Lothiancountry began operations in August 2018, introducing vital connections between Edinburgh and West Lothian.