New electric buzzes for Manchester’s Bee Network

Alexander Dennis Enviro400City in Bee Network livery

New electric buses are coming to Greater Manchester. Buzzin’. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has ordered 50 Enviro400City EV buses from manufacturer Alexander Dennis for its new franchised bus system, part of the city’s impending ‘Bee Network’. They’ll be built across the Pennines in Scarborough, and will be the first to feature TfGM’s new Bee […]

#AYearOfBuses 147: Manchester – West Didsbury

Magic Bus 147

Another weapon in Stagecoach’s Oxford Road arsenal, today’s winner on #AYearOfBuses is Magic Bus 147. The 147 started life in 2005 as Manchester’s ‘Oxford Road Link’, a university and hospital contract ran by Bullocks with a small fleet of brand new Scania Omnicities. Stagecoach gobbled up Bullocks’ local bus operations in 2008, but interestingly, the […]

#AYearOfBuses 47: Lincoln – Newark

PC Coaches

No, that’s not a Stagecoach hybrid you’re looking at. It’s today’s winner – day 47 – on #AYearOfBuses. In 2013, PC Coaches of Lincoln received Green Bus funding from the UK government to buy two Alexander Dennis Enviro400 hybrids for its small network of routes running out of the city. They regularly appear on the […]

#AYearOfBuses 39: River Rapids Oxford – Reading

Thames Travel

It’s day 39 on #AYearOfBuses, and today, we’re heading to Oxford and Reading to take a splash on Thames Travel’s River Rapids. Go-Ahead owned Thames Travel’s X39 (and its siblings, the X38, X40 and NX40) connect Oxford, Wallingford and Henley-on-Thames with Reading, with buses running every 20 mins throughout the day, and as late as […]

Manchester gets MMCs

Enviro400 MMC in Manchester. Photo credit: Alan Sansbury on Flickr.

Stagecoach Manchester has taken delivery of 29 new ADL Enviro400 MMCs. Numbered 10401-29, the vehicles are the first Enviro400 MMCs for the group, and are all allocated to Manchester’s Sharston depot. The Enviro400 MMC (short for Major Model Change) is the second generation of the popular Alexander Dennis double decker. Available in integral form as […]

Reviewed: NCT’s ‘big orange’!

Orange Line 36-branded 628 (YN14 MUW) pulls off the QMC roundabout with a short working for Beeston

It’s launch day for the new Scanias on Nottingham City Transport’s flagship route 36, so we’ve been to have a nosey at their new toys! As we reported back in January, NCT has taken delivery of 40 Alexander Dennis Enviro400-bodied Scania N230UDs for several of its Go2-branded routes across the city. Monday 3 March saw […]

Nottingham City Transport gets first Enviro400s

NCT Scania N230UD/Enviro400 604 (YP63 WFD). Image credit: BMB15 on Flickr.

Nottingham City Transport has begun rolling out its fleet of Enviro400-bodied Scania N230UDs, the first of their type for the company. As noted in transportdesigned‘s¬†interview with Marketing Manager Anthony Carver-Smith back in April 2013, these vehicles are something of a first for the UK, too – they’re officially the first full-height, Enviro400-bodied Scanias in Britain! […]

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