NEW STREETLITE FOR ANGLIAN BUS
Anglian Bus based in Beccles, Suffolk have taken delivery of the first Wrightbus Streetlite for use on the 580/581 service that they operate for Norfolk County Council. The 9.5m, 37 seat StreetLite is part of an order for 4 vehicles that will all be delivered over the coming weeks for use on the same service that runs between Diss and Yarmouth via Beccles.
Anglian chose the StreetLite having been involved from a very early stage in the development of the vehicle when they attended a series of customer clinics hosted at the Wrightbus Ballymena factory. Anglian’s Operation’s Director, Andrew Pursey, commented; “Mistral asked us over 12 months ago if we would like to be involved in a new project that they were working on with Wrightbus to develop a next generation midibus. We jumped at the chance and have since then been over to the factory on a number of occasion to see the bus taking shape. The end result is fantastic and Wrightbus have really delivered on their promise of a next generation vehicle.”
Handing the vehicle over to Anglian’s Managing Director, David Pursey, was Mistral’s CEO, Simon Fawcett, who remarked, “Anglian are one of Mistral’s longest standing customers, having worked with us for well over 10 years and we are delighted that they are marking the start of a new era for us with the delivery of our first StreetLite. Given the amount of work that has gone in to the development and testing of this product I am sure that it will be a major success.”
David Pursey, accepting the bus commented, “When we first went to Wrightbus and saw the concept for the StreetLite we knew that they had a winner on their hands. The packaging and styling are without doubt fantastic, but the real incentive for us was to have a robust, mechanical package that delivered excellent fuel consumption and reliability. Looking at the end result I have little doubt that this has been comprehensively delivered. We are extremely proud to be the first operator of what will I’m sure be seen as a groundbreaking product.”
The StreetLite is Wrightbus’ first entirely in house designed, integral midibus, and has been built to meet the forthcoming European Whole Vehicle Type Approval that is now the relevant legislation for all new designs of service bus. The vehicle features a number of innovative features including class leading seat capacities and eye catching styling that are destined to see the vehicle become a significant player in the competitive midibus market.