08 Apr 2020


From order to delivery, just in three months Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) managed to meet the demand from Transport for Cornwall for the delivery of 44 Enviro200 buses. Transport for Cornwall had to start the service Go Cornwall Bus on Sunday 29th March, less than three months after it was announced by Cornwall County Council as the new operator of all its tendered bus services.

The operator in need of a substantially increased vehicle requirement had ordered 92 new buses from ADL from which now Britain’s leading bus manufacturer delivered 44 new Enviro200 single deck buses. Delivery was made in for the start of services, which initially operate to a reduced timetable for essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

A further 48 buses, including 17 Enviro400 double deckers, will follow in coming months. These were initially expected by June but their completion may be delayed by the temporary suspension of production at ADL’s British manufacturing sites in response to government advice on social distancing. Richard Stevens, Managing Director, Go Cornwall Bus and Plymouth Citybus says: “With tight timescales for the contract the two biggest worries would be getting enough drivers and buses. The deal for 92 new buses eased the stain of the second, although a huge amount of work has gone into getting a brand new fleet on the road for the 29th March. With the reduction in service due to COVID-19, we have managed to not use any borrowed buses, but go live with what is a brand new fleet. We look forward to phase two and for Transport for Cornwall having the newest fleet in the country.”

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