Stagecoach announces new vehicle order for the X5 between Cambridge and Oxford

Stagecoach have announced an order for eighteen brand new 14m long Plaxton Elite coaches, they are due to enter service by the end of the year on the X5 which links Cambridge, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Oxford, below is an extract from Stagecoach's official press release...

• 18 new coaches to be introduced on X5 service later this year
• A further six Scania buses ordered for Cambridgeshire Guided Busway
• New vehicles represent investment of more than £6.5million

Stagecoach Group has announced that it is investing more than £6.5million in a fleet of new buses and coaches for its Cambridge operations.

A total of 18 new Plaxton Elite coaches will go into service on the popular X5 service which operates between Cambridge and Oxford. The vehicles are expected to go into service by the end of this year, delivering even greater comfort, along with free Wi-Fi and toilets, for the hundreds of customers who rely on the service every day.

Stagecoach has ordered a further six Scania/ADL Enviro 400 buses to go into service on the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway which connects Cambridge, Huntingdon and St Ives. These new vehicles have Euro 5 engines, are fully accessible and have free Wi-Fi, power sockets and air chill. These additional facilities are extremely popular with our existing busway customers.

The new X5 coaches have Euro 6 engines, making them among the cleanest and greenest coaches in Europe. They can each seat 57 passengers or 55 passengers when the wheelchair space is required.

The X5 route operates dozens of services a day between Cambridge and Oxford calling at St Neots, Bedford and Milton Keynes among other stops.

Managing Director of Stagecoach East, Andy Campbell said: “This is great news for our customers. The X5 service is used by around 1.3 million passengers a year and provides a vital public transport link between Oxford and Cambridge. We are delighted to be launching these new vehicles later in the year.

“The Busway has proved to be a great success and we’re pleased to be delivering more new buses for the customers who rely on those services every day.

“Delivering high-quality, good value travel is what we do best and we look forward to attracting even more people on to our greener, smarter services in the months and years to come.”

Both sets of new vehicles are expected to go into service by the end of 2014.

Updated to correct vehicles ordered for the X5 - they are expected to be standard 14 metre Plaxton Elites, not Elite i "interdecks" as first reported.