Stagecoach orders £100m of vehicles

The latest biogas buses to join the Anglian Bus fleet. The latest biogas buses to join the Anglian Bus fleet.

Monday, March 3, 2014
6:54 PM

Stagecoach has placed “record orders” worth more than £100 million in the next financial year for hundreds of new buses and coaches.

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The Perth-based group, which owns Anglian Buses and Norfolk Green, has unveiled orders for 568 vehicles in 2014/15.

The firm, which describes itself as Britain’s biggest bus and coach operator, said the set of orders is its largest ever and one which will support hundreds of British jobs.

The move takes Stagecoach Group’s total orders of new buses and coaches for its regional UK operations to around £545 million in the last seven years, bosses said. The group has also ordered more than £100 million of new vehicles for its London bus operations since buying the business in 2010.

Of the overall investment in the next financial year, £81 million is being spent on 495 new vehicles to go into service across Scotland, England and Wales.

In addition, a £21 million fleet of more than 70 greener hybrid buses will be introduced to the London operation.

All of the new vehicles will be fitted with CCTV while more than 350 will have wi-fi installed for free internet access.

The latest orders follow an annual competitive tendering process, and the first of the new vehicles will be delivered from spring this year, the firm said.

Stagecoach said the “vast majority” of the new buses and coaches will be produced in the UK, supporting British manufacturing jobs and small businesses.

Group chief executive Martin Griffiths said: “This record investment is a major boost for UK jobs in manufacturing and many other smaller businesses in the supply chain.

“It is also a huge vote of confidence in the future of bus and coach travel in Britain. By investing in quality and continuing to offer the best value travel of any major operator in the UK, we can help people save money, rely less on their cars and use a greener way to access work, health, education and leisure.”

At the end of last year, Stagecoach delivered robust performance in its bus and coach divisions, posting a 4.6% hike in half-year regional bus revenues.

8 comments

  • Great! The last thing we need is yet more buses holding up the traffic!

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    Norfolk John

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Most interesting story about Stagecoach, since when did they own the Go Ahead Group that owns Anglian and other East Anglian bus operators. Perhaps the EDP can fill in the details of the takeover of Go Ahead by Stagecoach?

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    Port Watcher

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • I think the standard of journalism at Archant is about as useless as Go-Ahead who own Anglian Bus, NOT Stagecoach. Did a 5 year old do the research on this article or what?

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    Scania

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Stagecoach do not own Anglian Bus. The useless Go-Ahead do. Come to think of it, Archant are pretty useless too if this is the standard of their journalism. Did a 5 year old write this article or what?

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    Scania

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Konnect not Connect, sorry. (I realise when I've made a mistake, unlike Archant's chimps)

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Go-Ahead own Anglian & Connect, Stagecoach own Norfolk Green (which already has a far more modern fleet than First or many other Stagecoach operations). Yet again proof that EDP cannot do ANY journalism whatsoever. 1000 monkeys at typewriters, going nowhere ever....

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • How long have Stagecoach owned Anglian Buses? Surely, the Go Ahead Group, who bought Anglian in 2012, haven't sold them already!!!

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    Beezageoff

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • No mention of Konnect who are also owned by Stagecoach. Still I guess just printing a sent out press release verbatim saves having to do any work...

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    el84

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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