Falkirk bus builder secures £50m deal

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bus builder Alexander Dennis has clinched a £50 million order to supply transport giants Stagecoach with over 350 vehicles.

Workers at the Camelon factory will deliver 245 complete single and double deckers and provide the bodies for 106 more.

The Perth based business announced plans to invest £75 million upgrading its fleet yesterday (Wednesday) - with its favourite supplier grabbing the lion’s share of the deal.

ADL spokesman Bill Simpson said: “This is very good news to start the year and underlines once again ADL’s position in the bus manufacturing market and the fact major operators want to use our vehicles. We now have a long history of doing business with Stagecoach and delighted that relationship will carry on through 2013.”

Les Warneford, managing director of Stagecoach UK Bus, said: “The new buses will be better for the environment and continue our market-leading investment in new technology.”

Stagecoach will run the new vehicles on routes across the UK and Europe. They will all meet tough emission standards and be powered by the latest low carbon hybrid electric drive systems pioneered by ADL.

At the end of last year ADL announced £200 million worth of business to supply buses across the planet including Hong Kong, China, Australia, New Zealand and North America.

It expects sales to top £500 million this year with half of that coming from export orders.