First 44 of 92 new Alexander Dennis vehicles delivered to Go Cornwall

Alexander Dennis has delivered the first 44 of 92 new vehicles for Go Cornwall Bus, part of Go-Ahead Group’s Plymouth Citybus subsidiary, for the start of operations of the Transport for Cornwall network.

 

Go Cornwall Bus began operating services on the Transport for Cornwall network on Sunday 29 March, less than three months after it was announced by Cornwall County Council as the new operator of all its tendered bus services. Faced with a short mobilisation period and a substantially increased vehicle requirement, it ordered 75 new Enviro200 single-deckers and 17 Enviro400 double-deckers.

 

The manufacturer delivered 44 Enviro200s in time 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 Enviro400s, will follow in coming months. These were initially expected by June but their completion may be delayed by the temporary suspension of production at Alexander Dennis’s three British manufacturing sites in response to government advice on social distancing.

 

Martin Brailey, the manufacturer’s regional sales director London & the South, says: “Setting up the new Transport for Cornwall network in less than three months would have been a formidable task even without the impact of current events, but Go Cornwall Bus has fully risen to this challenge. We are proud to have been chosen to provide the new fleet of buses, and our flexibility and ability to support customers’ requirements allowed us to have 44 of them ready in a matter of weeks.”

 

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 29 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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