New Buses On New Route
NZ Bus’s new UK buses will appear first on the new Central Auckland loop bus services being introduced next month.
Alexander Dennis Ltd won the $51.6m tender bid to supply 1580 vehicles to NZ Bus and now that they have started arriving, the initial shipment will be used on the enhanced routes, expected to be confirmed any day by Auckland Transport after the public consultation.
The buses – called Enviro200 – are a mid sized vehicle which will complement the larger buses which have been the main acquisition of recent years.
For passengers the makers promise the new buses will provide a comfortable ride and good visibility.
The bus layout and use of electronic monitoring systems will also reduce maintenance costs.
The buses seat 24-40 people and include a hybrid option promising 30% reductions in fuel consumption and greenhouse gasses.
The Euro5 engine and relatively light body weight will significantly reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
The UK firm partnered with Tauranga-based Kiwi Bus Builders which has been involved in building the new B Line buses. Kiwi built the buses from kits supplied by the UK factories.
NZ Bus says finally there is movement upwards in Wellington’s bus patronage but it’s only slight.
While patronage in Auckland grew 3% over the first two months of the financial year relative to the same period last year, Wellington showed a slight recovery from the Regional Council’s fare increases of last October and the 2 months were up 1% on last year.
For the last 12 months, Auckland growth was 6% and Wellington’s 1%.