The 39-seat buses will augment a fleet of 30 that support a network of local operations in Bedford and the surrounding area, linking communities in Toddington, Flitwick, Ampthill and Bedford, while also providing rural services across the villages of Central Bedfordshire.
In addition, they operate the high density route between Luton and Dunstable – and provide contract work for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire Councils and the local university.
Reflecting on the 17 years since the company was founded, Grant Palmer, Managing Director, commented: “It seems like just yesterday since we opened our doors. Now we are an established part of the community, providing vital services across the county and beyond.
“In the last few years alone we have seen passenger numbers increase by over 20%. Much of that success is due to the brilliant team of people who work with us – but it is also attributable to the support we have had over the years from Alexander Dennis Limited. Over 90% of our vehicles are ADL buses and what I like about them is that they deliver exactly what they promise on the tin.
“Reliability and consistent performance, combined with style and passenger appeal are vital ingredients in today’s competitive environment and ADL buses provide all of these factors. We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with them and I look forward to it continuing.”
The latest ADL vehicles to join the Grant Palmer fleet are both 10.8m Euro5 Enviro200s powered by Cummins four-cylinder, 160PS engines with Allison S2100 transmissions. They have Lazzerini high back seats with leather inserts and are colour coordinated throughout.