Coachbuilder working to deliver buses from Camelon to Cornwall for new transport network

Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) has announced it is providing 92 new buses for a new transport network down in Cornwall.

By James Trimble
Monday, 13th April 2020, 11:49 am
Updated Monday, 13th April 2020, 11:50 am

The firm, which is based in Glasgow Road, Camelon, has already delivered 44 new Enviro200 single deck buses to Go Cornwall Bus group earlier in the year after the operator was awarded a contract to provide the new service by Cornwall County Council.

ADL delivered the first of the vehicles at the end of last month, in time for the start of bus services, which will initially operate to a reduced timetable for Cornwall’s essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

A further 48 buses, including 17 Enviro400 double deckers, will follow in coming months.

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Alexander Dennis Ltd has sent 92 new buses to Cornwall for use on a new route by Go Cornwall Bus

These were initially expected by June but their completion may be delayed by the temporary suspension of production at ADL’s manufacturing sites in response to government

advice on social distancing.

Martin Brailey, ADL regional sales director, said: “Setting up the new Transport for Cornwall network in less than three months would have been a formidable task even without the impact of current events, but Go Cornwall Bus have fully risen to this challenge.

“We are proud to have been chosen to provide the new fleet of buses, and our flexibility and ability to support customers’ requirements allowed us to have 44 of them ready in a matter of weeks.”

Go Cornwall Bus managing director Richard Stevens said: “With tight timescales for the contract the two biggest worries would be getting enough drivers and buses. The deal for 92 new buses eased the stain of the second, although a huge amount of work has gone into getting a brand new fleet on the road.

“With the reduction in service due to COVID-19, we have managed to not use any borrowed buses, but go live with what is a brand new fleet. We look forward to phase two and for Transport for Cornwall having the newest fleet in the country.”