Alexander Dennis, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, today announced that it has commenced this year’s delivery of 44 Enviro400 buses to Go South Coast, part of the Go-Ahead Group.

16 new double deckers were launched by multi-award winning Go South Coast for its Bluestar operating unit at an event in Southampton, where the company now is the main operator after expanding its network in 2023. They will be used to upgrade routes 2 and 7.

Fitted with Alexander Dennis’s SmartPack efficiency technology combining engine stop/start with e-cooling and auxiliary load management, the new Enviro400 are certified as low-emission buses by the Zemo Partnership.

Mark Ballam, Commercial Manager for Alexander Dennis; Andrew Wickham, Go South Coast Managing Director; and Steve Hamilton, Go South Coast Engineering Director

Andrew Wickham, Managing Director for Go South Coast, said: “At Bluestar, we are committed to helping improve air quality here – so we have invested heavily to bring these new Alexander Dennis Enviro400 buses to the region.

“Our new buses have a striking new-look interior with a more comfortable and spacious seating layout, and lighter flooring. The upper deck is laid out in a similar way to a coach, and there is a ‘stop’ button on the back of every other seat. These impressive new vehicles also sport on-board technology including USB charging points for smartphones and hand-held devices, and contactless ticketing facilities.”

Further new buses will follow for the morebus operating unit, bringing the total number of low-emission Enviro400 joining the Go South Coast fleet this year to 44. This follows a similar investment last year in 35 Enviro400 for morebus and Southern Vectis.

Mark Ballam, Commercial Manager for Alexander Dennis, said: “We are delighted to continue our work as supplier for Go South Coast with this repeat order, which confirms the low-emission Enviro400 as the operator’s double decker of choice. All the new buses have been tailored to Go South Coast’s specification, and we look forward to supporting them through long and profitable working lives with our comprehensive AD24 aftermarket support.”