First’s first hybrids on routes 17 and 18

HybridLast week, First Manchester introduced their first hybrid double deckers into service on routes 17/18 between Manchester, Middleton and Rochdale/Langley. They feature a revised livery of silver and pink which is in use on hybrid vehicles operated by First in Leeds and Glasgow. I managed one quick snap this morning, but on Flickr there are some much better shots by others. Some of the displaced double deckers can now be found on service 471 between Bolton, Bury and Rochdale.

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9 Responses to First’s first hybrids on routes 17 and 18

  1. Rob says:

    They look very impressive, but the livery doesn’t exactly sing their green credentials does it?

  2. Watcherzero says:

    I find the Silver a bit too ‘in your face’ flashy, but it is a change from over the top Green liveries.

  3. James McCollom says:

    Apologies for the poor photo by the way – not much daylight left at this time of year, so this was literally my only glimpse of a hybrid on my way to work yesterday, Shudehill being pretty empty at 8am in the morning.

  4. Tony says:

    I guess some of those Mercedes Citaros might be going then? Certainly lasted well anyway!

  5. Shaun says:

    I’ve been on the new hybrids twice now and it does take some getting used to, as the buses have a stop-go engine, where the engine turns off when stopping at a bus stop or traffic lights and then starts up again when the bus moves. Slightly different to Stagecoach’s eco-buses on the 42/43 or the Optare buses that TfGM are using on services such as the Metroshuttle or the Salford Quays Link (the 9), but it does performs well.

    It looks like we’ll be seeing more hybrid buses on Manchester’s roads, as Maytree have some running around Bolton and First are supposed to be getting more Optare Versas for some of their TfGM contracted services in Tameside and Stockport (or at least that’s what I’ve read). Also, the Citaros are being phased out from Bury depot with the B9TLs and B7RLE’s replacing the Citaros on routes such as 93, 98, 137, 163, 454/457, 469 and 472/474.

  6. Paul Sidorczuk says:

    What are the estimated savings per vehicle per annum….or have no figures yet been given by the company?

  7. Treguard says:

    First buses along Oldham road have been locally known as the ‘Chav bus’. Now £18 a week? I’d rather stick with the 76 which at least seems to enjoy friendlier passengers

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