Popular service sees environmentally friendlier buses along the A6
A £11.3 million investment over the next three months, will see the introduction of 40 brand new hybrid vehicles. Stagecoach Manchester announced its investment into the busy 192 service ahead of the introduction of the first 12 buses, on Friday 1st February.
The route, which serves Hazel Grove, Stockport, Levenshulme and Longsight and carries an average of 187,000 passengers per week, will see the arrival of a further 16 new buses a month later. The remaining 12 vehicles will be introduced between the Saturday 2nd March and Friday 15th March.
The new hybrid fleet has been purchased via the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Green Bus Fund, which provided approximately £3.5 million funding to supplement Stagecoach Manchester’s £7.8 million spend. The launch of the new hybrid fleet will mark the largest ever single investment into buses on a single route in Greater Manchester and will provide customers with a more environmentally friendly service.
The electric-hybrid design, which is fuelled by a sophisticated battery system supported by a small traditional diesel engine, will emit 30 per cent less carbon than the standard buses. Designed and created by the UK’s leading bus and coach manufacturer, Alexander Dennis, supported by BAE Systems, the new vehicles will offer passengers a cleaner, smoother, more comfortable ride.
Christopher Bowles, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, commented: “The commissioning of 40 new hybrid buses for the 192 route is yet another significant investment in our region-wide operations.
“This route is one of the most intensive services outside London and we hope that our initiative will be welcomed by all local residents.”
“We will be developing and expanding our fleet and services further in 2013 to ensure that local residents can continue to enjoy excellent service, increased convenience and a greener, more environmentally friendly way of travelling.”
The 192 has come a long way in the last decade, offering passengers a sound alternative to the car and parallel rail services along the A6. Stagecoach Manchester’s new arrival is a far cry from 2006 when the Perth giant’s Dennis Tridents and MANs competed against these specimens, operated by UK North:
Recent changes will consolidate its position as one of Greater Manchester’s most frequent and popular bus routes.
S.V., 31 January 2013.