Edinburgh City Council has been running 12 new Mellor Orion low floor buses to help meet the demands of a rapidly growing city population and forthcoming Low Emission Zone plans.
Pat Traynor, Fleet Manager at the Council, said: “The City of Edinburgh Council has had a long relationship with Mellor which build and design vehicles to match the Council’s requirements to effectively provide services to the population of Edinburgh.
“We took delivery of the 12 Orion LFs earlier this year. These vehicles are Euro VI compliant and feature 360-degree cameras for extra public safety and driver awareness. They also meet stringent nitrous oxide and particulate emissions targets for Scotland, and initial data collected shows an improvement in fuel consumption across the fleet.”
The Scottish Government has committed to the introduction of Low Emission Zones into Scotland’s four biggest cities between 2018 and 2020, and into all other Air Quality Management Areas by 2023.
Lorna Miller, National Sales Manager for Mellor, added: “We are delighted that Edinburgh City Council have chosen Mellor for this fleet investment.
“The Orion offers a size-appropriate solution and delivers class leading fuel efficiency of 22mpg which meets the needs of Edinburgh’s Low Emissions Zone agenda.”
Pat Traynor continued: “Safety is of paramount importance, and the enhanced features offered by the Orion, coupled with optional extras such as cyclist protection systems and hard disc recorders, will help to ensure the wellbeing of all those who share the roads with our vehicles.
“Factor in the need to meet client expectations, such as low floor for easy access and service bus style design, and the result is a modern and more efficient fleet that will enable us to successfully meet the future challenges of delivering services in Scotland’s capital city.”
Edinburgh City Council has taken delivery of 12 new Mellor Orionlow floor buses.