An Optare Delta owned by Southern Transit
|Floor type||Step entrance|
|Doors||1 or 2 door|
|Chassis||DAF SB220 (types SB220LC550, DE02LTSB220, DE02GSSB220)|
|Options||Various customer options|
The Delta was launched in 1988. The first example to be sold to an operator came in February 1989, when independent Northern Bus bought a single vehicle which it later sold to Manchester-based Walls. Other early customers included Crosville Cymru, which took two three months later, and Ogden's Travel, which also acquired two at the same time. Reading Buses bought ten Deltas in 1990, while Northumbria Motor Services and Teesside Motor Services also bought large numbers. Potteries Motor Traction was another customer, with its first example arriving in August 1990.
Production of the Delta ceased in 1999. 324 were built in total.
Optare Delta in culture
An Optare Delta in all-over red livery is featured as a driveable vehicle in the PlayStation 2 game The Getaway, and its sequel The Getaway: Black Monday.
- Optare Delta restored by Paul Pearson of Potteries Ominbus Preservation Society | PMT | thisisstaffordshire.co.uk
- Brown, Stewart J (September 1993). Buses in Britain. Capital Transport, 101. ISBN 1854141589.
- Brown p.220
- Brown p.50
- Brown p.172
- Brown p.78
- IGCD.net: Optare Delta in video games
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