The first 36 units of a 55 bus order have been delivered to FirstGroup

 
Left to right: Buta Atwal, chief executive at Wrightbus; Jo Bamford, executive chairman at Wrightbus; Jon Harman, head of fleet at FirstGroup UK Bus and John McLeister, sales and business development director at Wrightbus

 
Wrightbus has completed its first delivery of new buses following the company’s acquisition last month by new owners the Bamford Bus Company, who say they are now looking to the future. The first 36 units of a 55 bus order were delivered to First Group for use in Leeds, in a deal totalling circa £13m.

The completion and delivery of the new buses marks the beginning of a new phase in the history of the Northern Irish bus manufacturer. Following the completion of these new sales, Wrightbus’s new owners expect a full production line to be back up and running in the new year.

The delivery of the first of these new buses, the first sale since the acquisition of Wrightbus by the Bamford Bus Company, is a clear signal of our intent to drive forward the Wrightbus business and grow the company

“The delivery of the first of these new buses, the first sale since the acquisition of Wrightbus by the Bamford Bus Company, is a clear signal of our intent to drive forward the Wrightbus business and grow the company,” said Buta Atwal, chief executive of Wrightbus.

“With the Government’s recent announcement of a new national bus strategy in 2020, in which decarbonisation will play a key role, we enter an exciting period during which Wrightbus has the opportunity to lead the way given our track record in manufacturing state of the art zero emission hydrogen buses as well as electric and hybrid models. We are looking to the future with much optimism.”

 
This article appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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