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Route trials pave the way for new Enviro200 at Reliance

Published: 26 Sep 2018

Following extensive route trials involving a number of single deck vehicle options, Yorkshire based Reliance Motor Services has introduced a new 41-seat Euro6 Enviro200 from Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL).

The family business, which was established in 1930, is now run by John Duff and his grandson Gary Newby, both of whom are qualified engineers and renowned for the thoroughness in which they approach every aspect of their bus operations.

John commented: “We operate a diverse range of service routes throughout North Yorkshire and the City of York, along with a number of school contracts for the county council. These involve rural, urban and city routes, so it was imperative that we introduced a vehicle capable of tackling all of these aspects, while also giving us the best returns in terms of fuel efficiency and performance.”

Grandson Gary Newby added: “The ADL team was hugely accommodating and over a period of time we undertook trials with vehicles at sub nine metres, at 9.6m and at just under 11m. In the end we went for the 10.8m Euro6 Enviro200, which is low carbon certified and incorporates ADL’s smart pack, including stop-start technology.

“Add the seating capacity of 41, plus the stylish interior and exterior look of the Enviro200, and in the end our decision was made easy. Having said that, it was an interesting exercise to operate and determine the distinct advantages of the various models, all of which will stand us in good stead for the future.”