20 January 2006

In the beginning there was 101

The arrival of this bus in Plymouth, in August 1992 was a major change of policy for Citybus. It was the first Dennis Dart in a fleet which is now mostly Dart based. The previous year had seen the first large batch of Mercedes 709s such as this one on Malcolm Audsleys fotopic. In fact apart from 4 Volvo double deckers which were purchased as coaches these were the first proper full sized buses for Citybus since 1981 X Reg Atlanteans and short lived Olympians.
These have proved themselves to be very capable buses and are well looked after by Citybus. Unlike in Exeter where city services will be all low floor later this year, I suspect it will be a good few years before we get to that stage in Plymouth, so I can see these Darts remaining in use for quite a few years yet. Unless of course Citybus undertake a major investment in new buses, over and beyond their normal fleet replacement (unlikely) or they have a major cutback of services (more likely!).

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