A Hybrid Boost For Cumfybus

A Hybrid Boost For Cumfybus
Cumfybus Optare Versa V1110H YJ61 JJK is pictured in Prescot working the 139 service to Liverpool.Tom Harrison

Southport-based independent operator Cumfybus has purchased a number of Hybrid Optare Versa single decker buses to update its fleet.

Predominantly an operator of the Optare Solo midibus, Cumfybus has recently updated its fleet by purchasing a batch of thirteen diesel-electric Optare Versa saloons from Rotala. However, these are not the first hybrid vehicles to be operated by the company.

Cumfybus first operated hybrid vehicles in 2012, when a batch of thirteen 8.1 metre Optare Solo hybrids were purchased for Liverpool city centre circular services as part of a £2.5 million investment, with partial funding from the Green Bus Fund. A single 9.2-metre hybrid Solo (YD63 VAX) with the updated “Solo SR” bodywork was also purchased by Cumfybus a year later.

At the time of writing, Cumfybus also operates a number of diesel-electric Optare Solo and Versa vehicles dating from 2011 on behalf of Transport for Greater Manchester. These do not sport the company’s standard all-over yellow livery, instead featuring TfGM’s silver and green livery.

The thirteen 11.1-metre long midibuses which have joined the fleet were originally new to Rotala’s subsidiary companies Preston Bus and Diamond Bus in early 2012. Since entering service for Cumfybus, they have predominantly been used on the company’s commercial 139 service which operates between Liverpool city centre, Wavertree Technology Park, Huyton and Prescot.

For those interested, the vehicles purchased are as follows: YJ61 JJK, YJ61 JJL, YJ61 JJO, YJ61 JJU, YJ12 GTY, YJ12 GTZ, YJ12 GUA, YJ12 GUC, YJ12 GUD, YJ12 GUE, YJ12 GUF, YJ12 GUG and YJ12 GUH.


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  • Simon Bramwell
    13th August 2018, 8:54 pm

    uh oh – to late Cumfybus route 139 has been ended. Even though it goes to work places and hospitals.

    • Christine Alexander@Simon Bramwell
      9th October 2018, 4:45 pm

      The 239 bus is available running from Prescott to Broadgreen hospital. Early days yet as timetable needs tweaking.

  • Paul Mason
    8th July 2018, 7:06 pm

    Six years old? Some update!

    • Tom Harrison@Paul Mason
      9th July 2018, 12:31 pm

      Hi Paul, thanks for your comment. That’s right, they’re mid-aged vehicles, but they have Euro 5 emissions so will be more economically friendly and of a greater capacity than the older Optare Solos formerly allocated to the route.



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