Arriva invests £2.5m in new Luton Busway fleet

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Arriva has taken delivery of 14 MCV eVoRa-bodied Volvo B8RLE buses for its Luton Busway A and Z routes, serving Luton, Dunstable and Luton Airport. The vehicles were scheduled to arrive from the end of November.

The busway was opened in September 2013. Arriva said its investment of over £2.5million into new vehicles outlines its commitment to the local area. Simon Finnie, Arriva South Area Managing Director, commented: “We are delighted to be able to commit such a strong level of investment into the local area. We recognise public transport as one of the key ways to help protect our environment for the future and save our planet. That is why we are proud to be introducing 14 ultra-low emission vehicles into our fleet.”

Councillor Robert Roche, Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Development and Highways at Luton Council added: “We welcome Arriva’s investment to help create a greener transport network for Luton, a crucial step in meeting our town’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2040. The ultra-low emission vehicles that will soon be transiting our Luton to Dunstable busway are a significant step towards achieving that, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring cleaner air.”

Ian Dalgarno, Central Bedfordshire Executive Member for Community Services commented: “We’re very pleased that Arriva is investing in new ultra-low emission vehicles for services in the Dunstable and Houghton Regis areas. The new vehicles will help to deliver more sustainable transport services for local residents, as well as helping to improve air quality.”

The order comprises of a mix of the new 10.8m MCV eVoRa and standard 12.1m examples. ARRIVA