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Plaxton Verde
Dennis Lance Plaxton Verde Arriva
Plaxton Verde on Dennis Lance chassis
Manufacturer Plaxton
Operator(s) Arriva North West and Wales
Dublin Bus (had been passed to Bus Éireann)
and others
Specifications
Floor type Step entrance
Doors 1 or 2 door
Chassis Dennis Lance
Volvo B10B
DAF SB220
Scania N113
Engine(s) Cummins C series (Dennis Lance)
Scania DSC11 (Scania N113)
DAF LT160 (DAF SB220)
Volvo THD103 KB (Volvo B10B)
Options ZF 4HP-500
Voith D863

The Plaxton Verde was a single-decker bus body built by Plaxton between 1991 and 1997. It was built on rear-engined chassis, the most popular of which was the Dennis Lance which accounted for over half of the Verdes built. The rest were on Volvo B10B, DAF SB220 and Scania N113 chassis.

The Verde has an aluminium structure, which is related to that of the smaller Pointer. The flat-sided, boxy shape is also similar to that of the Pointer, except for the front end, which has a "barrel-curvature" windscreen plus quarterlights.

On early vehicles (primarily the Scanias and DAFs), the side windows have rounded corners and the quarterlights are deeper than the windscreen. Later built vehicles have square-cornered windows, an enlarged cab side window with an angled corner like that on the Pointer, and quarterlights which finish level with the windscreen. Minor alterations were also made to the front dash panel.

The forty DAF SB220/Plaxton Verdes, built for Dublin Bus in 1992, had additional front grille apertures and dual door. They were known as the P class and were used to introduce a new high frequency brand known as 'City Swift' on route 39 (city centre - Blanchardstown). They were plagued with structural problems and returned to Scarborough more than once for remedial treatment. In 2003 they passed to sister company Bus Éireann and were converted to single door for school bus work. 38 of the type remain in use, P11 and P32 have been withdrawn.

The Verde was identified by the letter L in Plaxton's post-1989 body numbering system.


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