STAGECOACH ORDERS 34 PLAXTON PANORAMA COACHES FOR OXFORD TUBE
Stagecoach has placed an order at Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”) for 34 Plaxton Panorama double-deckers. According to ADL this is the largest order for the double-decker to date. The 34 Panorama's will start their operation later this year for the Oxford Tube, Europe’s most frequent coach service. As a trial five of the new coaches will have roof-mounted solar panels to reduce auxiliary energy loads on the engine, bringing down emissions.
The Plaxton Panorama is built at the Plaxton factory in Scarborough on a Volvo B11RLE chassis, they will replace and expand the Oxford Tube fleet this summer. The frequent express service connects Oxford and London 24/7, with departures scheduled every 8 to 10 minutes at busiest times. It is one of England's premium coach service. To extend passengers comfort the Panorama is equipped with on-board features including wireless and USB charging, reading lights and extendable tables complete with mobile device and cup holders throughout, in addition to extra leg room and reclining seats. In addition, the new coaches have been designed to improve the service for those with additional accessibility needs with a more seamless boarding process for wheelchair users. Five of the new coaches will be fitted with roof-mounted solar panels in a trial designed to reduce auxiliary energy loads on the engine, bringing down emissions and delivering greater fuel efficiency. For Chris Coleman, Managing Director at Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, the new solar panels are an innovative way to look to other sources of energy to power the on-board features as part of Stagecoach's overall strategy to offer more sustainable travel options. The Plaxton Panorama was first launched in 2018.