UK passenger transport operator Abellio has appointed Michelin solutions to supply, fit and manage the tyres across its 800-strong bus fleet on a cost-per-mile contract for the next five years.
Under the arrangement, Michelin solutions will manage all new tyres through a multi-life process including regrooving and retreading. From October 2017, all new vehicles joining the London and Surrey-based fleet of single and double-deck buses will be specified with Michelin tyres as original equipment.
As part of the agreement, Abellio will become involved in new product testing for Michelin to support the development of the company’s next generation of urban tyres – expected to bring further improvements in fuel efficiency, durability, safety and noise.
Commenting, Jon Eardley, Engineering Director at Abellio UK Bus, said: “Fitting the best tyres and managing them robustly with expert guidance and new technologies from our Michelin solutions partners will ensure that our fleet remains safe and roadworthy; whilst also allowing us to reduce vehicle downtime, minimise wheel interventions and improve fuel economy.”