An Optare Tempo owned by Safeguard Coaches.
An Arriva Buses Wales Optare Tempo Interior
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It is designed as a lightweight bus, to use less fuel than traditional heavy duty integrals.
Amongst the first operators in the UK were Trent Barton of Nottingham, Wilfreda Beehive of Adwick-le-Street, Doncaster, and Sargeants Brothers of Kington. Arriva is the only one of the big groups to have taken some on board, for services in West Yorkshire.
Regal Busways have bought three vehicles for use on their premier route 1 service between Chelmsford and Canvey Island in Essex. All three buses are fitted with leather seats, power points, and tables.
The Welsh Assembly Government purchased several for use on the TrawsCambria bus network, despite protests about the unsuitability of a normal bus for the long distance journeys.
Four Optare Tempos were also purchased by Swansea City Council in South Wales for use on a new park and ride service from the city centre to Fforestfach.
In November 2008, it was announced that Transdev Yellow Buses had ordered 11 Tempos for its fleet, following on from an order of 11 Optare Versas. Soon afterwards another order was announced, of 13 for Arriva Yorkshire. This is the first order of the type from on of the main UK bus groups.
One left hand drive Optare Tempo was exported to Kiel, Germany in 2007, but it was taken out of service shortly afterwards.
At Euro Bus Expo 2008 a shorter hybrid version was exhibited, destined to be one of five for Metroline route E8. Five more were sold to East London for use on London Buses route 276, as part of Transport for London's plan to introduce hybrid buses to its network.
Two Tempos delivered to Courtney Coaches in 2010 were the first 12m single-deckers to be powered by 100% pure plant oil.
In February 2010, It was announced that Centrebus Calderdale (Centrebus Holdings) had ordered 4 Optare Tempos for its fleet, to replace the various Dennis Darts on hire. These new Optare Tempos entered service in April 2010.
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