It seems that the New Bus for London, better known as The Borismaster has a rival. Earlier this week ADL unveiled its Enviro 400H City, a hybrid-powered dual door version of its standard Enviro 400MMC model. The demonstrator, which carries Arriva fleetnames, has been built specifically to appeal to Transport for London and offer a conventional-length double deck which would compete against Wrightbus’ New Bus for London.
The interior is finished in a burgundy red and has seating moquette that incorporates elements of standard London material.
Given the recent decision of Transport for London to concentrate on two-door operation of the Borismasters the Enviro 400H City offers a real alternative and its shorter length could help it find second hand markets when buses are taken out of London service in the future.
What is surprising is how many elements of the Enviro 400H City have similarities with the Borismaster. Front and rear domes and the glazed staircase panel on the off-side have a somewhat Borismaster look to them.
Having spent some time looking over the bus it seemed to be getting the thumbs up from the industry professionals who were going over it with a fine toothcomb.
ADL also has an Enviro 200MMC on show along with a high-spec finish Plaxton elite coach for Trent Barton. Branded for the Nottingham-Derby service the coach would not be out of place on long distance motorway express services, such is the high-level of finish that Trent Barton have specified.
Steven Knight is a Transport Specialist who has over 40 years experience in the bus and rail industries as well as in specialist transport journalism. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.