HCT Group has placed an order for 38 new double-decker and midi buses from Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL).
The multi-million pound deal will see 21 Enviro400H City double-deckers and 17 Euro 6 Enviro200 midi buses enter service in London as a result of conquest route wins by HCT.
Steve Perks, Group Engineering Director at HCT, said that all 21 of the hybrid double decks will run on TfL Route 26.
He added: “We have worked with ADL for many years and always found that their vehicles deliver exactly what they promise. Their parts and service support is also second-to-none so this really wasn’t a difficult decision.
“Couple this with the fact that the Enviro400H City brings a spectacular, new London look, complete with raked wrap-around driver’s windscreen, glazed stairwell, hopper vents in both the lower and upper deck windows, a radical new-generation heating and ventilation system, and has a contemporary, stylish design, and I am pretty confident that we can bring a new dimension to public transport on Route 26.
“Likewise, the two-door Enviro200s which will run on Route W19 are latest generation vehicles. These will all be 9.6m versions with 25 seats, a wheelchair location, and capable of carrying 38 standees.
“Combined with a reputation for best-in-class fuel economy, reliability and durability, they are ideal for the demands of this route.”
The Enviro400H City buses are due to go into operation at the end of June, while delivery of the Enviro200s is planned for the end of November this year.
Martin Brailey, ADL’s Sales Director for London and the South East, said: “This is our third significant order for the recently launched Enviro400 City bus, which is great news and, of course, the Enviro200 goes from strength to strength, re-establishing itself consistently as the UK’s best-selling midi bus.
“In this case, it is particularly pleasing to be working with Steve Perks and the team at HCT, a social enterprise that reinvests surpluses in community transport initiatives ranging from red buses to school journeys and Park & Ride projects, both in mainland UK and places such as Jersey and Guernsey.”