Alexander Dennis has unveiled a new 100-seat Enviro400XLB three-axle double deck bus, developed in close collaboration with Lothian and Volvo. Manufactured at ADL’s Falkirk plant, 42 of these high-capacity buses will enter service in Edinburgh from January onwards.
With Lothian’s services in the Scottish capital seeing consistent patronage growth, the operator collaborated with Alexander Dennis to develop the 13.4m Enviro400XLB. Offering 100 seats and able to carry up to 131 passengers in total, it delivers unrivalled capacity for busy routes in the capital, while its front and middle doors will speed-up dwell times at bus stops.
Alexander Dennis’s Enviro400XLB is the first bus for the United Kingdom to be mounted on Volvo’s newly – launched three-axle B8L chassis, powered by a 350hp D8K engine.
“Buses are the lifeblood of Edinburgh and the Lothians, transporting over 350,000 customers every day and are integral to the local economy,” says Richard Hall, managing director, Lothian. “We are delighted to be able to work with other businesses who share our passion for innovation with a commitment to deliver a high quality, reliable and unique product for our operations in Scotland, which could be utilised in the wider UK market. We look forward to continuing to build on our strong relationships with both Alexander Dennis and Volvo and are excited about the future of public transport in our country.”
Colin Robertson, ADL Chief Executive, adds: “Customer collaboration is at the heart of what we do at Alexander Dennis and we are proud to work with Lothian to meet their exacting requirements as they are renowned as a leader in delivering an outstanding customer experience. As a company headquartered in Scotland, building buses again for Edinburgh is a great source of pride for the employees at our Falkirk factory and we look forward to further developing our relationship with Lothian.”
And Nick Page, managing director, Volvo Bus UK, says: “The Volvo B8L is already a well- proven chassis in demanding environments in a number of cities in Asia Pacific. I am delighted and proud that long-standing customer Lothian has once again worked with Volvo Bus to bring further innovation to the streets of Edinburgh in the form of a high specification, high capacity double deck bus.”