Hot off the press... introducing the new Plaxton Elite i for megabus.com

Stagecoach today announced a £3.2m investment in a fleet of Britain’s biggest coaches as it continues to meet growing demand for its market-leading inter-city travel service Megabus.

With the kind permission of wallys-wanderings.smugmug.com we are able to bring you hot off the press photographs of the stunning new Plaxton Elite i.

New Plaxton Elite i (c) Wallys-Wanderings

The fleet of eleven 15m-long coaches equipped with free wi-fi will be delivered in December and introduced on Megabus routes covering Scotland and England.

Manufactured by Scottish-based Alexander Dennis Limited, the Plaxton Elite i coaches have 75 seats, offering more than 20% extra capacity than a standard 15m vehicle and more luggage space.

They provide roll-on level access for wheelchair users and other passengers with disabilities, eliminating the need for a special lift, and also feature tinted double-glazing and a toilet.

New Plaxton Elite i (c) Wallys-Wanderings

The vehicles will operate mainly on two routes: Glasgow - Edinburgh - Newcastle - Sheffield – London; and Preston - Manchester – London. They may also be used on some London - Leeds and London - Exeter - Plymouth services.

Included in the order (and the one pictured in this post) is a coach in a special metallic version of the megabus.com livery to mark the 10th anniversary of the budget service in 2013.

New Plaxton Elite i (c) Wallys-Wanderings

The Elite i higher-capacity coach will deliver lower per passenger emissions than standard coaches. Powered by a 10.8-litre Euro 5 engine, the vehicle is based on a tri-axle Volvo B11RT underframe.

Once again many thanks to Wallys Wanderings for allowing us to use the photographs in this post - they remain copyright to him.