The current fleet of 112 buses, one pictured, has been plagued by breakdowns and technical problems in recent years. *File photo
The current fleet of 112 buses, one pictured, has been plagued by breakdowns and technical problems in recent years. *File photo

A fleet of 10 new buses will be running on the island’s roads before the end of the year, the Sun can reveal.

It was originally hoped the new vehicles, which will be shipped in from Europe, would arrive in ‘mid-summer’.

But hold-ups on the other side of the Atlantic now mean they should be delivered in ‘early November’.

The welcome news comes as more than a quarter of the fleet were off the road yesterday. The island’s aging fleet of 112 buses has been plagued by breakdowns and technical problems in recent years. Yesterday 32 buses were out of service.

While for most the summer the number of buses out of service has ranged between the high teens and mid 20s. The chassis and engines for the new buses have been made in Germany, while the vehicles themselves will be assembled in Portugal.

They will then be shipped to Bermuda via the US.

A spokesman for the Department of Transport said: “Historically, new buses have been ordered in September for delivery the following May. The current new buses under production were ordered in February, 2013 when the first payment for chassis was completed. Given that it takes approximately nine months for production and delivery, we can expect the deliveries to commence in early November. We were anticipating an early delivery. 

“However, this was unachievable as production was impacted by the traditional European summer holidays. In spite of this the buses will still be delivered in the expected nine month production time as has been the experience of past bus deliveries.”