New Plaxton coach on the way as Stagecoach announces 2012/13 orders

Stagecoach’s £60million 2012/13 order for its UK fleets outside London include the first 11 of a new high-capacity wheelchair accessible Plaxton coach for its Megabus.com routes.

The order for 390 buses and coaches — mainly from Alexander Dennis — includes the previously announced 19 Enviro350H hybrid single-deckers for Stagecoach’s East Scotland and Bluebird fleets, for operation in Perth and Aberdeen. They are part-funded by the Scottish Green Bus Fund and are the first UK examples of the 100% low-floor Enviro350H.

Highlight of the order, however, is the new Plaxton Elite Interdeck, a British-built vehicle like the Van Hool Altano, which Stagecoach chief executive Sir Brian Souter’s Souter Investments operates in its PolskiBus fleet in Poland.

This 3.9m high model will hold up to 72 seats in 15m form and incorporates a low-floor saloon with most seating reached by a short flight of steps behind the wide front entrance. Although styling and structure are derived from those for the existing Elite, it will have a more upright front.

Plaxton intends to offer the Interdeck in express and touring format. The 15m Stagecoach vehicles will be based on a new Volvo B11RT chassis, with 11litre engine in place of either the 13 or 9litre units currently powering its range.

Full details of the order are in April 2012 Buses.

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