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First Citea for Veolia Transport-Yprabus Belgium

At the end of March 2011, VDL Bus & Coach delivered the first Citea to bus operator Veolia Transport-Yprabus in Belgium. This was a Citea CLE-120 painted in the yellow and red house style of the Wallonian public transport company TEC (Transport En Commun). In Belgium, public transport companies also lease bus routes to bus operators. Veolia Transport-Yprabus is the leaseholder of the intercity line in Wallonia between Komen and Moeskroen. This Citea CLE was purchased for operation on this route and will be put into service at the end of April 2011. With this order, the Citea also makes its debut in Belgian bus operators’ fleets.

Citea CLE-120
The 12-metre Citea CLE for Veolia Transport-Yprabus offers seating for 37 passengers and standing room for an additional 53. It is also equipped with extras such as air conditioning. The low floor construction all the way to the rear axle and great manoeuvrability make the Citea CLE suitable for both city and regional transport. Thanks to the Citea’s lightweight construction it has a low net weight, which results in excellent fuel economy and low harmful exhaust emissions. Furthermore, the Citea offers everything the driver needs to perform his or her tasks in a comfortable manner: an ergonomically designed seat, a superb view of the instruments, large windows at the front and optimally positioned mirrors.

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With the Citea, VDL Bus & Coach offers a comprehensive range of city and regional buses. The Low Floor version in this range, the Citea CLF, has won the prestigious international ‘Bus of the Year 2011’ prize. During the ‘Bus Euro Test 2010’ in the Romanian capital Bucharest, the city bus scored better than the strong international competitors. The members of the jury focussed particularly on the practical usability, the finish, the concept and the efficiency of the participating vehicles.

Veolia Transport-Yprabus
Veolia Transport-Yprabus is a daughter company of Veolia Transport Belgium, which is one of the largest private car and bus companies in Belgium. The company operates both city and regional bus lines, provides school and commuter service and also owns three travel agencies. Veolia Transport Belgium, with its 17 daughter companies that are known locally for their experience and the quality of their services, is active in six of the ten Belgian provinces (Antwerp, Flemish Brabant, Limburg, East and West Flanders, Henegouwen).

S.R.W.T.
The S.R.W.T. (Société Régionale Wallonne du Transport) is certainly not unfamiliar with the Citea. In 2010 the company bought 223 Citeas of type CLF (Low Floor). Of these, 50 have already been delivered, another 107 are scheduled for delivery in 2011, and the remaining 66 will be delivered in 2012. The S.R.W.T, parent company of TEC (Transport En Commun), has responsibility for the strategic and commercial management of the bus lines. In total, TEC has five public transport companies active in the Wallonian region of Belgium: TEC Brabant-Wallon, TEC Charleroi, TEC Heinaut, TEC Liège-Verviers and TEC Namur-Luxembourg.

Valkenswaard, June 2011


VDL Bus & Coach bv
Marleen van Zeeland
Communications
+31 (0)40 208 44 14
m.van.zeeland@vdlbuscoach.com

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