Yellow Buses is updating its fleet with an order of eight 11.5 metre Wright StreetLite Max buses.
The new vehicles are due for delivery in June and are the latest additions to Yellow Buses current fleet of 136 vehicles which service 12 core routes in the area, including neighbouring Poole and Christchurch, and a supporting network of lower-frequency routes.
In line with requirements from the operator, the StreetLite Max has the capacity to carry a maximum of 70 passengers while running with the flexibility and fuel consumption of a smaller vehicle. Wrightbus says it also has a better turning circle than heavy-duty single deck competitors.
Powered by the four cylinder Cummins 207PS iSBe Euro 5 compliant engine, the StreetLite Max has a responsive, flexible and fuel efficient power unit, matched to the Voith D824.5E four-speed fully automated gearbox with integral hydrodynamic retarder. Gary Corrie, Yellow Buses Engineering Director, said: “Increased efficiency is ever more important in the competitive market place we operate in Bournemouth and the surrounding areas.
“Servicing such a large number of passengers every day means our vehicles need to offer a high quality standard and be able to manoeuvre quickly and easily with high passenger loadings, while minimising environmental impact. Importantly, we also need to keep fuel and other operating costs as low as possible.
“The StreetLite Max is ideal for our needs and based on performance we have experienced from previous Wrightbus vehicles, I am confident that as well as significant operational fuel savings, these new additions will be welcomed by passengers and drivers alike.”
Wrightbus National Accounts Manager Steve Jackson added: “The StreeLite Max is a logical choice for Yellow Buses, offering running costs typically associated with a standard mid-sized bus, but with the capacity and performance of a traditional full-sized bus.”