Whilst there hasn’t been any further news about the new green Metroshuttle contract that will utilise electric-hybrid buses, it seems like we are on the brink of a hybrid revolution. Stagecoach are receiving 30 double decker hybrids to operate services 42 and 43 south along the busy Wilmslow Road corridor to Stockport and the airport respectively, and these have started arriving at the company’s Hyde Road depot. They are currently parked up behind the depot, their special green liveries quite noticeable from passing trains. Bus driver “Oldham 100” features some pictures of the new hybrid buses on his blog. They are due to come into use later in the autumn.
Meanwhile, independent operator Bullocks continues their track record of beating the larger operators at introducing innovations (they operated the first low floor double decker bus in Greater Manchester) by operating an electric-hybrid double decker bus on the 147 Oxford Road shuttle last week – only a demonstration model from the manufacturer, but they are expecting four similar vehicles.