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Volvo B10L
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A Volvo B10L with Wright Liberator bodywork.
Manufacturer Volvo
Operator(s) First Glasgow and others
Specifications
Floor type low-floor
Doors 1 to 3 doors
Options Various customer options

The Volvo B10L is a rear-engined, low-floor single-deck city bus chassis built by Volvo between c. 1993 and c. 2005. An articulated version of the B10L, known as the B10LA, was also produced.

It was available in the United Kingdom and Ireland between 1994 and 1999, with a choice of two types of bodywork, the Alexander (Belfast) Ultra and the Wright Liberator. The Alexander Ultra body was based on the Swedish design produced by Säffle (a subsidiary of Volvo), who built the body on the first B10L imported to Britain. The Wright bodywork proved slightly more popular.

In the UK, the articulated B10LA was bodied exclusively by Wrights for First subsidiaries in Manchester (15), Leeds (15) and Glasgow (10). The Wright body for the B10LA is named Fusion.

The B10L enjoyed limited success in Britain. In 1997 the Volvo B10BLE was introduced to the British market, and this chassis rapidly became more popular. The B10BLE was cheaper than the B10L, and shared more in common with the step-entrance B10B, examples of which were already owned by many of its customers.

CustomersEdit

Travel West Midlands 1509

CNG-powered B10L of Travel West Midlands. Note this bus is now converted to run of diesel and is a driver-trainer.

Alexander Ultra Volvo B10L 1

Diesel-engined B10L with Alexander Ultra bodywork in the Ulsterbus fleet

United KingdomEdit

  • The largest fleet of Volvo B10L buses in the UK was purchased by Travel West Midlands (now National Express West Midlands), consisting of 80 conventional diesel-powered chassis with Wright Liberator bodywork, and 14 CNG-powered buses with Alexander Ultra bodies. The Alexander Ultra models are now converted to run on conventional diesel, with seven having been transferred to the training fleet before being returned to normal passenger use to replace Volvo B10Bs withdrawn from the fleet.
  • The second largest fleet was purchased by Translink, whose Citybus (later Metro) and Ulsterbus divisions acquired sixty new, plus a further two ex-demonstrators. All have Alexander Ultra bodies. There have been a small number of withdrawals but most remain largely intact as of January 2007, operating services in the Belfast and Derry areas. The B10Ls with Alexander Ultra bodies have proved unpopular with the drivers and the engineering due to poor electrics.
  • Travel Dundee, formerly Tayside Public Transport, now known as National Express Dundee, received 30 Wright-bodied examples which began to enter service in February 1997.

Other UK operators who purchased B10Ls include:

  • CMT Buses of Aintree, Liverpool (later part of Stagecoach Merseyside) - 10 Wrights
  • First Greater Manchester North (Superbus branded routes, Wigan) - 5 Wrights
  • First Glasgow - 10 Wrights
  • First Northampton - 9 Ultras (of which 6 CNG-fuelled)
  • Timeline, Wigan - 6 Ultras

The pioneer Säffle-bodied B10L was new to Mainline (now First South Yorkshire) but they did not order any further examples and quickly disposed of it. As of November 2006 it was being used around Lincoln by Stagecoach subsidiary RoadCar. Ironically, the 15 Wright-bodied examples in the FirstGroup are all due to be transferred to First South Yorkshire.

IrelandEdit

Eleven Wright-bodied B10Ls are operated by Bus Éireann in Cork, and sister CIÉ company Dublin Bus purchased five Alexander-bodied B10Ls for use in Dublin. A sixth, experimental LPG-powered, vehicle was leased and later returned.

FinlandEdit

Helsingin Bussiliikenne has 41 Volvo B10L buses with Carrus City U bodies purchased between 1995 and 1999. 21 of these are gas-powered.[1] Pohjolan Liikenne has bought four Volvo B10L buses with Lahti 402 bodies in 1999.[2]

Tampereen kaupunkiliikenne has eight articulated Volvo B10LA buses with Carrus City U bodies bought between 1996–1998 and in 2008. [3]

Jyväskylän Liikenne Volvo B10L

Jyväskylän Liikenne B10L

Jyväskylän Liikenne has 29 Volvo B10L buses with Carrus City U bodies built between 1997 and 1998. Part of these buses have been bought from Kuopion Liikenne. [4] Koiviston Auto has five Volvo B10L buses with Carrus City U bodies bought in 1997 and 1998. [5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Arttu Kuukankorpi (31.8.2009). "Pääkaupunkiseudun bussikuvasto" (in Finnish). Retrieved on 6.9.2009.
  2. Arttu Kuukankorpi (3.6.2008). "Pääkaupunkiseudun bussikuvasto" (in Finnish). Retrieved on 6.9.2009.
  3. Kari Paavola. "Tampereen seudun bussisivut > Kalustolista > Volvo" (in Finnish). Retrieved on 6.9.2009.
  4. Antti Moilanen (28.8.2009). "Koiviston Auto-yhtymä; Jyväskylän Liikenne kalustoluettelo" (in Finnish). Retrieved on 6.9.2009.
  5. Antti Moilanen (2.9.2009). "Koiviston Auto-yhtymä; Koiviston Auto / Lahden Liikenne kalustoluettelo" (in Finnish). Retrieved on 6.9.2009.
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