Biggest Optare order from Stagecoach

STAGECOACH has ordered 60 Optare Solos including a batch of 26 Solo Slimlines which will go into Exeter. The rest of the vehicles will go to other group fleets.

The 2.33m wide SlimLines have been specified for Exeter operations for ease of use on rural lanes where full width vehicles prove more difficult.

“Stagecoach continues to invest heavily in its bus operations across the country and this is our biggest order from Optare,” says Stagecoach UK Bus managing director Les Warneford. “The Optare Solo is very popular with passengers and the new narrower version Solo SlimLine will give us good flexibility to cope with the tight layout on some of our networks.”

The Solo has proved to be Optare’s most successful product to date, with more than 1,100 in service in the UK and a further 170 in service or on order in North America.