The new Volvo vehicles have now gone into production at the Wrightbus factory in Northern Ireland and will be delivered to Plymouth Citybus later this year.
Volvo’s B7RLE low entry city bus heralds from the B7R range, the company’s best selling chassis worldwide.
Powered by the D7E 7.1 litre in-line, common rail, fuel injection diesel engine, the bus provides high reliability, low fuel consumption and long service life. The rear mounted engine is connected to the 6-speed ZF Ecolife gearbox, which provides excellent driveability and performance.
Featuring 41 leather seats and with space provided for child pushchairs and wheelchair users, the buses are specifically designed with passenger comfort in mind.
All ten of the new vehicles will be fitted with the stylish Wrightbus Eclipse 2 bodywork and sport Go Ahead’s smart new livery, which was launched in 2011.
The new buses, which also feature a distinctive large digital destination display, will replace older existing buses on Route 43, which runs between Plymouth city centre and Ernesettle.
“This is the largest single order for buses in Plymouth for at least five years,” explained Plymouth Citybus Managing Director, Andrew Wickham. “It clearly demonstrates Go Ahead Group’s long term commitment to our customers.”
Volvo’s Bus Sales Manager, Phil Fletcher, was equally pleased, “This is a highly significant order – the biggest in the region for some time, which I think reflects the quality of the product.”
12 January 2012
Caption for image: The 10 new Plymouth Citybus vehicles will sport Go Ahead’s smart new livery