More hybrid buses hit the streets of Manchester this week with the introduction of four new double deckers operated by Bullocks on the Oxford Road Link running between Piccadilly Station, the university and hospitals.
The new Volvo B5LH buses with Wright Gemini 2 bodywork will run side by side with their hybrid sisters already running on Oxford Road: Stagecoach double deckers on routes 42 and 43 along Wilmslow Road and Metroshuttle’s green line 2 minibuses. We’re setting ourselves up to be proved wrong, but we reckon the section of Oxford Road outside the BBC studios now sees the highest frequency of hybrid buses in the UK.
A nice touch to these vehicles are the cherished registrations, making use of the “BU11” prefix and based around the company name. It’s a little marketing ploy that has certainly worked with another bus operator in Greater Manchester: Jim Stones of Leigh with their BUS 1S and B1 BUS cherished plates amongst others!
My own photographs are a hurried affair taken with my mobile phone yesterday evening whilst I was waiting for a connection at Piccadilly station, but Flickr comes to the rescue: “Gobbiner” has shots of BU11 OKK and BU11 OCX, whilst Christopher Lowe has one of BU11 OCS. And if you can bear my snatched mobile shots, here’s a picture of the rear-end.