The States of Guernsey has ordered 22 additional Wrightbus StreetVibe buses. This follows an initial order of 12 buses delivered in 2017.
The vehicles are equipped with Allison T 2100™ fully automatic transmissions paired with a Cummins ISB4.5 Euro VI engine.
The States of Guernsey owns the island’s fleet of 42 buses, which are operated by HCT Group subsidiary CT Plus Guernsey.
When replacement of the predominantly Euro III Dennis Dart bus fleet began in 2017, the 9.04m-long, 2.28m-wide Wrightbus StreetVibe was selected as the narrowest bus in its class, with a seating capacity of 31 plus 11 standing.
To be compliant with the island’s speed limit, the buses needed to be fitted with a limiter.
Karl Guille, Director of Traffic and Highway Services for the States of Guernsey, said: “The roads on Guernsey are narrow and winding with a terrain that varies wildly.
“You can be in typical rush hour town traffic, with stop-start driving one minute, and need to accelerate smoothly up a steep hill the next.
“We needed as narrow and short a vehicle as possible, but with a minimum capacity of 40 passengers and superior manoeuvrability.
“The Euro VI StreetVibe Ultra Low Emission Bus (ULEB) from Wrightbus has met our needs with a solution that has significantly reduced particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions, is much quieter and has improved fuel economy by up to 20%.”
Lee Murphy, Operations Manager at HCT Group, said: “Allison Transmission has been an excellent partner in getting the bus package right for us, which has made the decision to reorder the same vehicle specification an easy one.”