18 August 2011

EXCLUSIVE: Delaine's New Gemini

Taken at the Wrighbus factory in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, is the latest addition to the Delaine Buses fleet. The company has walked away from coachbuilder Optare and has made its first purchase of a Wrightbus-bodied double decker. The vehicle has a Volvo B9TL chassis on the standard wheelbase option. Allocated fleet number 150 and registered AD61 DBL, it is hoped the vehicle will enter service on Thursday 1 September, working the following diagram:

0730 Service 101 Morton-Peterborough
0900 Service 101 Peterborough-Morton
0950 Service 101 Morton-Peterborough
1100 Service 101 Peterborough-Morton
1150 Service 101 Morton-Bourne
1300 Service 101 Bourne-Peterborough
1400 Service 101 Peterborough-Morton
1450 Service 101 Morton-Peterborough
1600 Service 101 Peterborough-Morton
1650 Service 101 Morton-Peterborough
1800 Service 101 Peterborough-Morton

The vehicle is the first outside London to be fitted to the new EU specifications, mandatory from next year. Additional features include a suspension driver's seat, wider door and seat squabs, marker lights and two reverse lights, amongst others.

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