Yesterday, Optare celebrated the handover of the pre production 10.5m. Transport for London (TfL) specification Metrodecker demonstrator vehicle to Go-Ahead London, for a series of extensive trials which will see Optare’s new double deck put through its paces operating on routes from Go-Ahead’s Bexleyheath bus garage.Read More
Optare has been shortlisted for Transport Supplier of the Year by the National Transport Awards judging committee for its latest innovation, the extended range Solo electric bus.Read More
Stagecoach has become the first UK bus operator to implement an innovative modification to its electric vehicles which allows them to run for longer in between charging sessions.Read More
Utopia Coaches have added another Optare Solo to their fleet. Established in 1994, Utopia Coaches are a family owned and run coach and bus company located in Sherburn in Elmet, just a stone’s throw away from the Optare production facility.Read More
Bus company Transdev have started to take delivery of their £4 million order of new buses which have allbeen designed and manufactured in Yorkshire at innovative bus specialists Optare. The 28 single deck Versa and Solo buses, which pride themselves on having the very latest on-board technology, will go into service across Yorkshire and Lancashire from the end of June.Read More
Central Buses have acquired three new Optare Metrocity buses. The award winning operator runs services across the Midlands area.Read More
On Sunday 3 July the Optare Metrocity EV took part in the Transported By Design Cavalcade on Regent Street organised by Transport for London (TfL) and the London Transport Museum.Read More
D&G Bus have taken delivery of an Optare MetroCity and Solo to add to their fleet. The buses join 26 Optare Solos (including one low carbon Solo), 11 Optare Versas and 2 Optare Metrocity buses already in the D&G Bus fleet.Read More
Yesterday, Optare celebrated the handover of the pre production 11.1m Metrodecker demonstrator vehicle to UK Operator First Bus, for a series of extensive trails which will see Optare’s new double deck put through its paces operating on route X78 from Sheffield to Doncaster. The X78 route is a service route used by First Bus for extensive testing of all the major bus manufacturers’ vehicles.Read More
On 9 June, members of the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee visited Millbrook’s vehicle testing facility inBedfordshire.
Arriving in an extended range electric Solo bus provided by British bus manufacturer Optare, peers met the CEO of Millbrook Group, Alex Burns, and took a tour of Millbrook’s vehicle emissions testing laboratory and test track.
Last week Optare celebrated the handover of their 11.1m Metrodecker demonstrator vehicle toNew Adventure Travel (N.A.T. Group), for the start of a trail which will see Optare’s new double deck put through its paces operating on its Cardiff Network. N.A.T. Group is one of South Wales’ leading transport providers with over 110 buses and coaches in their fleet.
N.A.T. Group recently acquired a further ten Optare Metrocity buses following excellent in service fuel economy results. This takes the number of Metrocity buses ordered by N.A.T. Group to 30 in the last 12 months.
The CILT annual Corporate Member Plaque Presentation Day celebrates the organisations that have Institute Corporate Membership.Read More
Anthony’s Travel have acquired a new Optare Solo.. Anthony's Travel are an award winning family owned coach company established in 1985 by Anne, Tony and Richard Bamber.
The Mercedes Euro 5, 7.9m slim line Solo with Allison 2100 transmission seats up to 27 and will operate on the Runcorn Hospital service contract.Read More
On the 26 April 2016, Royal British Legion launched their new Optare Metrocity. The new bus will be used for a regular shopping trip and excursion service from the Byng House Poppy Break Centre in Southport. The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community; serving men and women, veterans, and their families. The Legion offers much-needed breaks to ex-Service and serving personnel and their families at its Break Centres located in prime locations around the country.Read More
Go North East have added another 14 low carbon Optare Solos to their fleet. Go North East is the North East England’s largest bus company, operating a fleet of nearly 700 buses and coaches, and employing more than 2,100 people. Over a quarter of the Go North East single deck fleet are Optare vehicles. These recent fleet additions will bring the number of Optare Solos in the Go North East Fleet to 56, which accounts for almost 70% of the overall Go North East minibus fleet.Read More
West Coast Motors have added seven Optare Solos to their fleet. West Coast Motors is privately owned by the Craig family and headquartered in Campbeltown, Argyll. The company also recently acquired Perryman’s Buses Ltd of Berwick-Upon-Tweed.Read More
Midland Classic have acquired two Optare Metrocity buses. Midland Classic foundedin 2005 operates local bus services around Swadlincote and Burton upon Trent.Read More
Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has purchased a further five Optare Solos to be used on various subsidised local bus services across the area, including on the demand-responsive MyBus service. This follows an investment in 23 Solos in 2015.Read More
The first fleet of fully-electric buses to be used in Scotland has been shortlisted for two separate awards. The new Optare Solo EV buses, branded Inverness Electricity and operated by Stagecoach, have been shortlisted for the award for Contribution to Sustainable Transport as well as Most Innovative Transport Project. The Optare Solo EV fleet will battle it out with other entries from across Scotland at the Scottish Transport Awards ceremony held in Glasgow on 16 June.Read More
P&O Lloyd have added another two Optare Solos to their fleet. P&O Lloyd situated on the North Wales coast are a family run company, established in 1927 and still run today by the 3rd and 4th generation of the Lloyd family.
The 9.2m, Euro 5 Solos seat up to 30 and feature belted seats. The new buses will operate on routes 126 & 22.