For the franchised Bee Network bus system, Transport for Greater Manchester ordered a further 50 zero-emission double deck buses from Alexander Dennis, doubling the total on order to 100. The additional 50 British-built electric buses will enter service when the second tranche of franchising launches in April 2024. The buses will be funded from the government’s City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement.
The new buses, which are a new order adding to NFI Group’s backlog (Alexander Dennis is a subsidiary of the NFI Group Inc.) on follow an initial procurement of 50 buses for the first tranche of Bee Network services from September 2023, for which Go North West and Diamond have been confirmed as the appointed operators. The zero-emission buses will be built in the North of England at ADL's factory in Scarborough and supported locally from our AD24
aftermarket hub in Skelmersdale. The Bee Network is an integrated London-style transport system alongside the Metrolink trams. Transport for Greater Manchester is developing major schemes with more than £100m worth of projects currently being progressed, including dozens of new electric buses, plans for new quality bus routes and various projects that are supposed to significantly improve the travelling experience for passengers.