Arriva NW orders 44 hybrid buses

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Arriva North West has announced an order for 44 Wright-bodied Volvo B5LHs.

 The agreement, finalised at the recent Thomas Hardie Commercials Open Day in Deeside, Cheshire, will see 33 hybrids going into service for Arriva at Laird Street in Birkenhead and a further 11 in Bolton and is in part due to the Green Bus Fund (GBF).

Phil Cummins, Regional Engineering Director, Arriva North West and Wales, said: “The GBF has allowed us the ability to upgrade our bus fleet in the North West. The Volvo B5LH is a strong and reliable vehicle and we also like the Wrightbus bodywork. One of the biggest factors in our decision was the back-up and support we get from Thomas Hardie Commercials here in the North West. They’ve got dealerships here in Deeside, on Merseyside and in Manchester and that’s a big factor for us.”

Volvo Bus Sales Director, Phil Owen, said: “The GBF has given operators the freedom and incentive to invest in new green technology. The Arriva North West order sees the production of 44 B5LH double deck buses, which is certainly good news for the people of the region.”