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Stagecoach Manchester’s fleet of 32 electric buses is approaching two years of operation this March. Richard Sharman visited Sharston depot to find out about its experience of operating them so far

In March 2020 Stagecoach made one of the single biggest investments in technology anywhere in Europe by introducing a fleet of 32 BYD ADL Enviro400 Citys to help deliver cleaner air for communities in Greater Manchester. They were introduced in partnership with the Mayor Andy Burnham and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) as part of plans to improve air quality in the region and reduce harmful carbon emissions.

By March 2021 the electric double-deckers had achieved 700,000 carbon-free miles operating on services 43 and 111, connecting Manchester city centre with the airport and numerous hospital and university sites. With nearly two years of operation under their belt, Fleet Engineer at Sharston depot, Mark Povall explained the process of introducing electric buses to the fleet from the start, and how they have fared since March 2020.

Depot changes

“Sharston depot was built ten years ago to replace Princess Road depot, which was redeveloped for new housing. We have the most modern depot in Stagecoach Manchester and are proud to be home to the 32 BYD ADL electric buses,” enthused Mark.

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