Mellor is first choice as council updates accessible fleet
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has completed another major investment with Mellor, updating its fleet with eight new Strata high floor buses.
The council’s total accessible fleet numbers 67 vehicles, all provided by Mellor. This latest order was won following a competitive tender process.
The new vehicles have been delivered and will be deployed on transport services as part of East Riding of Yorkshire’s Adult and Children’s Services provision, including special educational needs.
Carl Gillyon, Fleet Services Manager for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:
“We were looking for passenger comfort, accessibility and cost effectiveness when updating our fleet, and that’s exactly what we got.
“We can now deliver these essential transport services more efficiently thanks to the new Stratas. Our drivers and passengers have given us really good feedback, so all in all it’s a great addition and brings our fleet up to date.”
The vehicles feature a powered single leaf glider passenger entrance with manual foldout step and double rear doors. Each is fitted with 14 Phoenix Blenheim seats, and can further accommodate two wheelchair using passengers.
The internally mounted tail lift (a Ricon Clearway S2038X) carries up to 500kg and has a spacious capacity of 1.6m x 0.8m. The buses are also fitted with on-board CCTV by 21st Century Technology for enhanced passenger and driver security.
Area Sales Manager (Central England and North Wales) for Mellor, Jane Dransfield, commented:
“It gives us great pleasure to send these new Stratas into service with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, where they will be delivering vital public services.
“We’ve worked closely with the customer, adapting the vehicles to match their exact specification, and we’re confident that the bus’s accessible design and excellent fuel economy makes it a perfect match for the needs of this local authority.”