Arriva North West took delivery of an additional nine gas-fuelled Caetano-bodied MAN EcoCity single-deckers and 12 battery electric BYD/Alexander Dennis Enviro200EVs. Displayed outside the Museum of Liverpool for a launch event were MAN 5010 (OW17 WNB) and Enviro200EV 7001 (LJ67 DLY).

The growth in the single-deck market was caused entirely by increased demand for new buses for Transport for London contracts.

This increased by more than 50% to around 300 while deliveries elsewhere were down by 7%. Of the Big Five groups, only Arriva increased its intake of single-deck buses while National Express bought none and only 10 arrived for First.

Alexander Dennis was the chief beneficiary in the expanding market, with sales up by nearly 100. Its market share has risen to 62% from 47% in 2015.

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