Stephensons to stage Olympian running day

Stephensons of Essex has announced a special Leyland Olympian celebration day. It comes as the last one of this vehicle type in its fleet has its last year in mainstream service. To celebrate their loyal service, the ‘running day’ will be held on 4 June 2016 based on their routes in West Suffolk , from Bury St Edmunds to Haverhill (14/15) and from Bury St Edmunds to Mildenhall and Newmarket (16). Normal fares will apply on the day. An advance ticket purchase option for £12 will be available through the website, which includes a day ticket, a bus graph showing planned workings on the day, full timetables for the two routes and a brief history of the buses the operator hopes to be running. £1 from every Day Ticket will go to Stephensons’ local charity, the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

MD, Bill Hiron, said, ‘It seems appropriate to celebrate their passing, and at the same time raise some money for the brilliant work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Our buses cover millions of miles on the roads of Essex and Suffolk each year, and since the Air Ambulance plays a key role in dealing with casualties on the road network, it is only right that we support their work.’

The first UK Leyland Olympians entered service in 1981, with the last, by now a Volvo Olympian, in 2000. In total, 10,298 were produced.

Further details will be available from from 1 April 2016.

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