Stagecoach East is to benefit through investment in new vehicles worth £6million. Eighteen 14-metre Plaxton Elite coaches have been ordered for the X5 service which links Cambridge and Oxford. They will enter service early next year and will carry fleet numbers 54301-18.
Stagecoach has ordered a further six Scania/ADL Enviro E400 buses for service on the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway which connects Cambridge, Huntingdon and St Ives. They have been allocated fleet numbers 15197-202 and will have Euro 5 engines. They will be fully accessible and have free Wi-Fi, power sockets and air chill. These additional facilities are extremely popular with our existing Busway customers.
The new X5 coaches have Euro 6 engines, making them among the cleanest and greenest coaches in Europe. They can each seat 57 passengers or 55 passengers when the wheelchair space is required.
The X5 route operates dozens of services a day between Cambridge and Oxford calling at St Neots, Bedford and Milton Keynes among other stops.
Managing Director of Stagecoach East, Andy Campbell told Steven Knight Media: ”This is great news for our customers. The X5 service is used by around 1.3 million passengers a year and provides a vital public transport link between Oxford and Cambridge
“The Busway has proved to be a great success and we’re pleased to be delivering more new buses for the customers who rely on those services every day.
“Delivering high-quality, good value travel is what we do best and we look forward to attracting even more people on to our greener, smarter services in the months and years to come.”
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.