Of the big three operators in Greater Manchester, Arriva Manchester have the oldest fleet. While some of their fleet has been updated in recent years, including a brace of Optare Solos introduced earlier this year, much of their network is served by aging high-floor vehicles with minimal legroom and poor relaibility. We remember waiting at the Trafford Centre for 90 minutes after two buses on service 18 broke down. Old Darts like the one pictured here are still all too common.
Now it looks like Arriva are set to get a bit more up to date with the introduction of new vehicles. James Frisby got in touch to tell us more:
Just to let you know, if you don't already, of the impending investment
for Arriva Manchester. Due into service on November 1st are a batch of
brand new 44 seat Enviro300 single deck buses for service 263, which
will allow the current fleet of Dennis Dart SLF's used to be displaced
onto services 130 and M10, effectively converting them to low floor
Also, Bolton depot are due about 13 Wright Pulsar bodied VDL's for services 575, some of which have already entered service.
Thanks James, that's fantastic news, although there's still work to do be done if Arriva want to match the level of investment Stagecoach and First have made in the region in recent years. How about some more low floor buses for Wythenshawe depot, Arriva?
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