By Gus Kubiak
Lothian Buses plans to bring 42 new high capacity buses into service on key routes across Edinburgh in January.
The buses, built by Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) in Falkirk, will feature high-backed seating for privacy, USB charging, wifi, mood lighting, and audio visual stop announcements.
“I am pleased that Lothian continues to invest in their bus fleet” said Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity. “These vehicles will help improve air quality in Edinburgh and provide modern amenities, making an attractive offer to customers.”
The Enviro400XLB will have both front and middle doors to speed up the loading process and cut dwell times at bus stops.
The new model uses Volvo’s recently released three-axle B8L chassis, and are powered by the efficient 350 hp Euro 6 D8K engine.
The buses, which will deliver unmatched rider capacity on busy routes in the capital, are the first of their kind in the UK.
Richard Hall, Managing Director of Lothian, said: “Buses are the lifeblood of Edinburgh and the Lothians, transporting over 350,000 customers every day and are integral to the local economy.”
On a service network that is seeing considerable and consistent growth, the new vehicles are all the more important.