Bus manufacturers react to Covid-19 pandemic

Optare’s factory at Sherburn-in-Elmet

Bus manufacturers Alexander Dennis and Optare have both suspended production of new vehicles as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

ADL said it was suspending production at our UK manufacturing facilities, but its aftermarket and service teams will continue to support customers.

Chief executive Colin Robertson described the move as an “orderly idling of our manufacturing operations”, adding that ADL would be prepared for a quick and efficient restart at the appropriate time.

“We recognise the huge effort made by all bus and coach operators to respond to this unprecedented challenge,” he said. “Your schedulers, drivers, cleaners, engineers and other team members are going above and beyond every day, and we feel privileged to support them.”

Meanwhile, Yorkshire-based Optare has also announced it is suspending production. The company said it was as a result of government advice, changes in supply of key components, such as engines, and the suspension in UK government testing of vehicles for three months.

“We have taken the difficult decision to temporarily suspend production; furlough or move to home working until further notice; and temporarily limit and prioritise after sales services,” Optare added.

The manufacturer added this process would continue for an initial four-week period with a “continual review of HM Government advice and the status of our employees, customers, vendors and the virus”.