British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, a subsidiary of NFI Group, has received an order from Transport for Greater Manchester for an additional 50 zero-emission double-deck buses, doubling the agency’s initial order. The Manchester bus fleet, which has been franchised to Go-Ahead Group and dubbed Bee Network, will now include 100 NFI vehicles.
These additional 50 British-built electric buses will enter service in parts of Bury, Rochdale and Oldham when the second tranche of franchising launches there in April 2024. They follow an initial procurement of 50 buses for the first tranche of Bee Network services in Wigan and Bolton from September 2023.
“This repeat order from Transport for Greater Manchester is a great recognition of the value added by our zero-emission buses, which will be built in the North of England at our factory in Scarborough and supported locally from our AD24 aftermarket hub in Skelmersdale,” said Paul Davies, President and Managing Director, Alexander Dennis. “With a total of 100 electric buses now on order from Alexander Dennis for the Bee Network, we are looking forward to helping to transform the public transport experience in the region.”
Source: NFI Group