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Stagecoach investing £80m on fleet of 470 new buses with free Wi-Fi

The majority of the new vehicles will be built by manufacturers Alexander Dennis Ltd in Falkirk.

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Britain's biggest bus and coach operator are investing more than £80m in a fleet of 470 new buses and coaches.

Perth-based company Stagecoach will roll out the new vehicles, many of which will offer free Wi-Fi, across the UK and mainland Europe from early 2015.

The transport firm says the order is a major boost for British manufacturing and will support hundreds of manufacturing and supply jobs throughout the country, as well as in Italy and Spain.

More than 350 of the new buses are to built by bus manufacturers Alexander Dennis Ltd in Falkirk.

The new contract will bring the company's total investment in the UK to £630m over the past eight years.

It has also invested more than £20m in Megabus services in mainland Europe since 2013.

Stagecoach chief executive Martin Griffiths said: "This new investment is all about delivering better bus and coach journeys for our passengers.

"We have the lowest bus fares in Britain and a strong track record of investment over many years that has attracted growing numbers of people back on board the bus.

"We believe strongly in reinvesting our profits to continue that growth and our sector-leading levels of customer satisfaction.

"Buses are central to our communities, giving people a greener way to access work, health, education and leisure.

"They are also critical to our economy. I'm delighted that most of our new buses will be built right here in the UK, helping support British manufacturing and hundreds of jobs in the supply chain."

All of the new coaches will be fitted with CCTV.

The new orders will also ensure Stagecoach's entire single deck fleet meets the standards required by the UK disability discrimination act.

The latest orders follow a competitive tendering process and the first of the new vehicles are expected to be on the road from spring 2015.

It includes 412 low-floor double decker, single decker, midi and mini buses for Stagecoach regional bus networks in the UK as well as 22 new coaches for Megabus in the UK and Europe.

A further 34 coaches will be used for Stagecoach Express operations in the UK and 93 buses from the local bus order will be manufactured to the Stagecoach's gold specification for luxury services.

Stagecoach was founded in 1980 by siblings Brian Souter and Ann Gloag and now operates throughout the UK, Europe and North America.

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