First announce 2015 vehicle order worth 77.7 million pounds

183 more Wright Streetlites are to join the national First fleets as
part of a £77.7 million order for 385 new buses.
First have today revealed their 2015 investment in 385 vehicles, worth £77.7 million - £3 million of that funded bythe Scottish Government’s Green Bus Fund, Bristol City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and the DfT. 

The order is as follows:
  • 20 Volvo B5LHs - Bodywork as yet unconfirmed
  • 65 Wright Streedecks
  • 183 Wright Streetlites
  • 63 Alexander Dennis Enviro200MMC
  • 54 Alexander Dennis Enviro400MMC
Of the 54 Alexander Dennis Enviro400s ordered, two are virtual electric powered and set to be delivered to Bristol and five flywheel technology powered set to be delivered to Stirling.

Of the 385 vehicles to be delivered, 355 will be fitted with the latest Euro6 emission standard engines. First have said that every bus will be fitted with leather seats, free wifi and CCTV; whilst some will be carrying USB charging points on a trail basis. Further to this, First have stated that the new vehicles will provide additional space for pushchairs and prams, on top of the space already provided for wheelchair users.

Hopefully, the local Eastern Counties may see some of this new order on the streets of Norfolk and Suffolk, and I am certain we will spend the next few months waiting in anticipation! To view First's original article, click here.

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  1. "Hopefully, the local Eastern Counties may see some of this new order on the streets of Norfolk and Suffolk" fingers crossed, but considering about half of this lot has already been allocated to Scotland, Bristol, Manchester and Essex alone, chances are we won't get much.