Monmouthshire chooses accessible Tucanas for community transport scheme

Two new Mellor Tucana II buses have been added to the fleet of the Grass Routes Community Transport Scheme operated by Monmouthshire County Council.

Grass Routes is a flexible service with a timetable that can be adapted to meet the demands of passengers.

While the Tucana II boasts a seating capacity of 16 and up to four wheelchairs, it is designed to make public transport accessible for all and its neat, compact construction makes it suitable for narrow rural lanes and housing estates where access may be restricted.

The Tucana II includes a variety of features to accommodate less mobile passengers. The Ventura sliding door effectively eliminates the kerb gap while the low floor allows easy, step-free access.

Debbie Jackson, Fleet Manager for Monmouthshire County Council, said: ‘Thank you to the team at Mellor for providing these two new additions to our fleet. They’re exactly what we needed and the whole process of detailing our requirements right through to delivery was conducted in a professional and timely manner.

‘We look forward to using these vehicles on our services and hearing what our passengers think too.’

The Tucana II is based on the Volkswagen Transporter chassis and features a rapid sliding door and two manual rear doors which provide wheelchair access via the fold-out ramp.  It also has all-age seatbelts and Webasto climate control for passenger comfort and safety.

Caption for photograph:  The new Tucana II delivered to Monmouthshire County Council for use on its Grass Routes Community Transport Scheme.