“We took a decision in April 2011 to convert the entire local bus network to low floor entry,” explained David Squire, Warrington Managing Director. “However, we then had a requirement to provide additional capacity on some of our peak routes”.
“Having looked around at various options we chose the proven Volvo B7TL chassis with Alexander ALX400 body. We acquired the buses from Volvo Bus, and used Volvo Finance as their 1-2-3 deal was particularly attractive”.
“At Network Warrington we set a very stringent specification, and CPD who converted the buses as Volvo’s partners have done a terrific job, we are very pleased with the result,” added David Squire.
In total, Network Warrington purchased three Volvo B7TL’s, all of which have been extensively refurbished, including centre door conversion and DDA entry ramp. The seats have been re-trimmed and the vehicles have also been repainted and LED blinds have been added.
Warrington Borough Transport (WBT) trades as Network Warrington and its 115 buses operate 4 million miles per year carrying some 9 million passengers annually. The company was named UK Bus Operator of the Year and Shire Bus Operator of the Year in 2008.
“Warrington have some extremely busy routes and they needed to make sure they could meet their service demands”, explained Volvo Bus Regional Commercial Manager, Arthur Argyle. “We were delighted to meet their requirements with these low floor double deck buses”.
9 August 2011
Caption for image: (left to right) Arthur Argyle Volvo Bus; Andy Page, Volvo Finance and David Squire, MD Network Warrington at the handover.