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.4 comments