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14 April 2009 12:00 GMT / Scania in the United Kingdom

Stagecoach Cambridge selects Scania buses to operate prestige service

Ten biofuel-powered, high-specification Scania double-deck buses with Alexander Dennis AXL 400 bodywork have been selected by Stagecoach Cambridgeshire to operate on its flagship routes connecting Cambridge with St Ives and Huntingdon.

Being supplied by Scania (Great Britain) Limited, the buses will enter service this Easter on route numbers 15 (Cambridge – St Ives), 45 and 55 (both Cambridge – Huntingdon).

Reinforcing Stagecoach Cambridgeshire's commitment to minimising its impact upon the environment, the Euro 4 Scania DC9-16 engines fitted to the vehicles will be powered entirely by biofuel, produced from sustainable recycled food waste.  Rated at 230 hp and developing 1,050 Nm of torque, the engines are matched to ZF HP504 five-speed fully-automatic gearboxes.

Each of the vehicles is equipped with Scania-factory-fitted horizontal guide wheels, enabling them to operate on the 25.1km busway currently under construction in Cambridgeshire.  Scheduled for completion later this year, the busway comprises two sections; 20.6km between St Ives and Cambridge Science Park and a further 4.5km between Cambridge railway station and Trumpington.  As such it will become the world's longest busway, more than double the length of the next longest, the  12km route in Adelaide, Australia.

Reflecting the prestigious nature of the services and their links to the Cambridge Science Park, the vehicles have been appointed to an exceptionally high standard.  Power sockets for laptop computers and on-board Wi-Fi are provided and leather seats, 45 on the upper deck and 27 on the lower, feature throughout, with passenger comfort being assured by the vehicles' air-chiller units.  The total carrying capacity of each vehicle, including standees, is 89.

"With their low carbon footprint, use of the busway and passenger-focused on-board technology, these vehicles have been designed to showcase what can be achieved at the leading-edge of public transport," comments Stagecoach Cambridgeshire Managing Director, Andy Campbell.  "The routes they will be operating on offer excellent alternatives to the busy and often congested A14 and we therefore anticipate extremely high levels of utilisation.

"To further enhance the service, two new Park & Ride locations are also being established.  A new facility at St Ives will provide 500 parking spaces, with room to extend to 1,000, while a site at Longstanton will offer 350 spaces, with room to increase to 700."

Across the Stagecoach Cambridgeshire network, Stagecoach now carries four million passengers a year. The use of Park & Ride in Cambridge is booming, with the city's five award-winning sites taking thousands of cars off the road every day. Stagecoach is now carrying around 3.5 million adult passengers a year on its Park & Ride services in Cambridge.