Around The UK: ADL and BYD team up, First replacements and industry TV star

The new Alexander Dennis/BYD combination (Alexander Dennis)
Yet another jam packed week of news from across the country it has been; all summed up in the usual and evermore popular Around The UK report.

London is once again at the forefront of the industry news this week after Alexander Dennis, the largest bus manufacturer in the United Kingdom and the fastest growing in Europe, have teamed up with Chinese manufacturer Build Your Dreams (BYD) and secured a £19million deal to build a new fleet of fifty one buses for the 507 and 521 - mentioned in last week's report. The new combination will feature an all-electric BYD underframe, with Alexander Dennis Enviro200MMC bodywork. Go-Ahead London have said that they expect the full batch, which is London's first large-scale all electric single deck fleet, to be in service by August 27th 2016. Both manufacturer's speak very strongly of the new deal and see it as a positive step towards the production of greater numbers of all electric buses. As part of the £19million contract, a full maintenance facility and all necessary equipment for the buses will be provided on site.

Remarkably, nobody was injured in the crash which left a coach
on it's side in Scotland (Press and Journal)
Horrific scenes were spread over the news of a coach crash in the Scottish Highlands involving a Bakers King Long minicoach conveying a group of Chinese students. The driver claimed that he moved over to ensure enough room was allowed for a coach heading in opposite direction when it veered off of the A82. Remarkably, no injuries were sustained and everybody managed to free themselves from the coach.

A very interesting article in Bus and Coach Buyer reveals that Coronation Street and Hollyoaks star Jen Williams has taken up the new role as travel consultant at Belle Vue coaches. Although it may seem a little spontaneous, Jen has previously worked with the operator on a series of safety videos for drivers and passengers. Belle Vue have said that she will be responsible for the company's social media, charity and community works.

Following news of the cessation of First operations in Hereford, DRM bus and Yeomans Canon Travel have stepped to ensure locals still have buses in their area. It is said that DRM are to take over the running of service 420 between Hereford, Bromyard and Worcester with Yeomans taking on all over Hereford services under both commercial and council subsidised terms.

This week has also seen a number of buses going up in flames, in Gainsborough a Stagecoach double decker set fire on the A57 yesterday, on Thursday an Arriva North East Scania was affected in Corbridge a double deck coach caught fire on its way to an MOT in Lhanbyrde on Tuesday.
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