Alexander Dennis, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, today announced that it has taken a new order from Stephensons of Essex for five Enviro400 double deck buses.

Stephensons of Essex remains locally owned, locally managed, and a proud active member of the ALBUM association of independent bus operators. Founded in 1972, it now provides local bus routes and school services in Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

The new Enviro400 will each have 86 seats fitted with USB charging ports. They are expected to be delivered later this year.

Bill Hiron, Stephensons of Essex Managing Director and ALBUM Chairman, said: “This order for five new double deck buses from Alexander Dennis is great news for customers across our service network who will benefit from the further upgrade to their journey experience. The Enviro400 offers a great combination of seating capacity and operational efficiency which will help us keep our costs down.”

The new Enviro400 double deckers are the first on Alexander Dennis chassis for the operator, joining similar buses on third-party chassis as well as a large number of Enviro200 single deckers in the operator’s 100-vehicle fleet.

Alexander Dennis Retail Sales Director Charlie Miller added: “We’re delighted to again have been chosen by Stephensons of Essex for investment in their immaculate fleet and we look forward to supporting these buses throughout their working lives with our AD24 aftermarket support.”