“This 30 vehicle order is to help supply high quality services to our new London Route 105, running between Heathrow Airport and Greenford,” explained Ian Foster, Metroline Travel, Director of Engineering. “It is also part of a planned conversion of another one of our garages to the Volvo chassis”.
Metroline Travel is the UK bus operating subsidiary of ComfortDelGro Corporation Ltd, the world’s second largest transport group.
The company’s new double deck London buses are powered by the Volvo D9B rear mounted 9.4 litre EEV compliant engine connected to the proven ZF EcoLife gearbox.
Complete with the stylish Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini 2 bodywork and complying with Euro V EEV vehicle emissions standards, the new buses incorporate style, environmental performance and reliability.
“The purchase of these latest Volvo vehicles continues Metroline’s move towards a balanced double deck fleet”, continued Ian Foster, “we anticipate the continued work of both Volvo and Wrightbus to deliver better fuel economy figures will have a mitigating effect on upcoming Euro VI engines”.
“Recent undertakings from both companies to reduce weight will be crucial in maintaining vehicle capacity and competitiveness,” he continued. “With Volvo we know we are getting a tried and trusted product, that has proven to be reliable in the past and which the drivers like”.
Fitted with 62 Estaban Civic V2 lightweight seats and with an overall capacity of 87, the new Volvo B9TL double decks are specified to TfL standards and meet all current DDA requirements for passenger access.
The B9TL also features driver warning systems, light monitoring and 14 CCTV cameras installed as standard. Camera video footage is also available for quick and efficient wireless download by Metroline whenever required.
Metroline’s new Volvo Bus double deck vehicles join their 1205 strong fleet, 1155 of which are TfL specified.
Recently retired Volvo Bus, Regional Sales Manager, Roger Turner, commented, “We’ve built up our relationship with Metroline Travel over a number of years and they know the product and the service that they can expect from Volvo Bus”.
Phil Owen, Volvo Bus Sales Director commented, “Working in partnership with the Wright Group, we have once again been able to meet Metroline Travel’s requirements for an optimised specification on their London bus operations. As part of our customer commitment we endeavour to work closely with the operators to find solutions to their operational requirements”.
“It is this close co-operation that enables us to develop our vehicles, not only now, but for the future, in order to accommodate high capacity and increased operational efficiency”.
14 June 2011
Caption for image: London Bus operator Metroline Travel has purchased 30 Volvo B9TL, Double Deck buses to run on one of their newly acquired London routes.