Manchester £9million hybrid school fleet

Manchester £9million hybrid school fleet Manchester £9million hybrid school fleet
A fleet of 39 Optare Versa hybrid school buses is now entering service on Transport for Greater Manchester services. They are Britain’s first hybrid school buses and their £9million cost has been part-financed by the government’s Green Bus Fund. They are based on a new 12m-long  variant of the Versa with three-plus-two seating for 57 passengers. There are three-point belts on all seats. They bring to 88 the number of hybrid buses supplied to TfGM by Optare, following previous deliveries of Versas and Solos.

John Horn, Optare sales director, says: “We are very pleased with the outcome of our close collaboration with TfGM, which has resulted in these high-quality school buses, built at a very competitive price, and which are cost effective to operate.”

The hybrid Versas will be operated by a number of TfGM contractors including First Manchester, and Maytree Travel of Bolton.