Optare, one of the UK’s leading bus manufacturers and subsidiary of Indian-based Ashok Leyland. They are to supply 94 Solo buses to Dubai to the Roads and Transport Authority in a deal valued at circa £18m.
Optare will supply 8.5m Solos featuring Cummins Euro 5 engines, air conditioning, with a high specification including onboard wifi and smart phone USB charging sockets. The buses will seat up to 24 passengers with additional standing capacity and enter service in quarter one of 2019.
The Solos will feature both a Grayson manufactured Engine Cooling System and a complete Thermo King Air Conditioning System integrated into the bus by Grayson.
The engine cooling system has been specifically designed to suit the extreme thermal demands of vehicle operation in Dubai. The product itself is constructed using the latest tube and fin technology proven worldwide.
The Thermo King Air Conditioning System will be integrated into the vehicle offering the driver and passengers complete comfort whilst in operation. Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). He said, “The procurement of the new buses is part of a master plan set out to upgrade mass transit systems in Dubai and keep them aligned with the highest global practices”.
The plan also calls for providing best-in-class services to mass transit users and keeping abreast of the sustained growth of ridership of these modes. It conforms to RTA’s endeavour to make public transport the ideal mobility choice of people. This aims to push the share of public transport in people mobility to as much as 30 per cent by 2030. Achieving such objectives requires an offering of high-quality public transport options at affordable rates and with a wide geographical coverage.
Graham Belgum, Optare President, added, “The procurement of the Optare Solo is a new initiative marking the debut of this type of feeder style bus with Dubai Road Transport.”
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