New Optare buses May 25, 2010 0:14:15 GMT
Post by vjaska on May 25, 2010 0:14:15 GMT
I took a look at that link and I like what optare have written about the solo... Things like....
"The company’s stand (No 109) will feature a left hand drive version of its astonishingly successful Solo single decker, Britain’s best selling bus. "
Is it really britains best selling bus.... I thought that was the dennis dart. I know the dart is now dead but I'd bet there have been more sold than the optare.
In Britain the Solo is so commonplace that people tend to take it for granted – it is the single-decker of choice for many operators, large and small” says Optare CEO Jim Sumner. “But we need to remember that on the Continent, where low floor small buses are still a rarity, the Solo sets new standards which few competitors can match.
So commonplace that I see it used on only 1 route and Enviro 200's used on almost ever other route Certainly not the single decker of choice on this part of the country
The Dart isn't dead as it's still available on ADL Enviro 200 & MCV Evolution bodies.
Solos are usually brought for narrow routes which don't need lots of capacity, hence why you don't see many around the London area and/or your own area. I'm taking a guess that you see the 3 Optare Solo SR's on the 433.
Apart from the London ones, others in or around the London area off the top of my head are Solos at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, Arriva The Shires small collection around Watford, the 3 Optare Solo SR's on Arriva Kent & Sussex's Route 277 and Tonbridge Independant, Autocar Bus & Coach who have GP55 DEC and former J222 BUS which now has a private plate.