Reading Buses has placed the first-ever order for the Optare Metrodecker Euro VI.
The operator has requested five of the double-deckers to operate on the Green Line 702 route between London and Windsor. They are due for delivery in June 2019 ahead of the capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) coming into operation. Optare and Reading Buses have worked together to develop a bespoke high specification Metrodecker. The vehicles will feature over 70 coach-style high-backed seats, wood laminate flooring, USB charging points, mobile phone holders, seat back tables and 4G wifi. Reading Buses last bought an Optare in the latter part of 2016, when it bought four Solos.
John Bickerton, Head of Engineering and Innovation, Reading Buses, said: “The Metrodecker order follows us first evaluating the vehicle with a pre-production demonstrator. Two years ago, we put the Metrodecker through its paces for its first ever in-service ‘shakedown’ trial, but what is most impressive is that two years on the demonstrator vehicle currently in service with us is still giving great performance, class-leading fuel economy, demonstrating a very robust build quality and is getting great feedback from drivers and customers alike. With Optare’s recent further investment in after-sales support, and a can-do attitude in working to meet our bespoke specification, the Metrodecker is clearly the bus for us!”