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First Versas for Arriva

First Versas for Arriva First Versas for Arriva
THE first three Optare Versas have gone into service with Arriva. The 11m 38-seat vehicles are the first deliveries of an order for 37 Versas at various lengths. The first three are powered by a six-cylinder Cummins ISBe engine, rated at 201 bhp, and feature Allison 2100 Series five-speed automatic transmission and an integrated KLAM proportional retarder

Two are in service with Arriva Shires and Essex and one with Arriva Midlands. The latter is evaluating its Versa on an hourly service that operates six days a week between Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth. Arriva’s Keith Myatt says: “Drivers find it a pleasant vehicle to drive and have commented particularly on its excellent manoeuvrability. At 38 seats it has a good passenger capacity and it meets the county council’s requirement for an easy access, low floor bus.”

The Versas also include a newly-designed assault screen, Hanover LED destination equipment and six-camera CCTV system.