The Optare Metrocity gets a 'thumbs up' from Tranzit driver Tua pictured here with Acting British High Commissioner, Helen Smith, and Graham Belgum, Optare President
The first batch of buses to make up Optare’s biggest ever Australasian export order, worth £21m, are now hitting the roads of New Zealand.
Leeds-based Optare, one of the UK’s leading bus manufacturers, marked the delivery of the first batch of 114 Metrocity buses to New Zealand this week.
Acting British High Commissioner, Helen Smith, cut the ribbon on the first bus of Optare’s biggest ever Australasian export order, worth £21m.
The environmentally efficient Metrocity buses are being supplied to Tranzit Group, one of New Zealand’s largest public transport operators.
The first 12 of the buses, all manufactured in the UK, will begin operation around Greater Wellington Regional Council routes in Wellington and the surrounding region in the next few weeks.
Graham Belgum, president of Optare, said: “This is a significant step for Optare in our international export strategy and signals the start of the exciting growth opportunities available to us in Australasia.
“Furthermore, it recognises our continued innovation in lightweight design, delivering significant annual savings in fuel consumption and operating costs.”
Chris Laidlaw, chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council, added: “At Greater Wellington we’re on our way to a more integrated public transport network so we can take more people to more places, more often.
“An important part of our strategy is reducing the emissions from our fleet. Metlink is doing that through a major renewal programme that will mean 80% of the buses on the region’s roads are new vehicles, providing a 68% reduction in harmful emissions.”
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