Preston Bus operated their Leyland Olympian double deck buses for the last time on New Year's Eve due to the PSVAR 2000 guidelines which will restrict the use of step-entrance double-deckers being used in service from 1st January 2017.
Rotala owned Preston Bus held their Olympian Farewell event on Saturday (31st December 2016), using four fine Leyland Olympians; two Northern Counties examples H101 BFR and H102 BFR two Leyland bodied examples J112 KCW and J976 PRW.
The fleet of nine Leyland Olympian buses are approaching 25 years old and with the PSVAR guidelines restricting the use of step-entrance double-decker buses from 1st January 2017, the operator has decided to retire them from active service but not before giving some of them a send-off.
To celebrate the end of an era, Rotala owned Preston Bus decided to run four of the remaining Leyland Olympian buses on service 8 to Moor Nook, 23 to Fulwood Asda and 35 to Tanterton. Enthusiasts and fans took this exclusive opportunity to come and ride the service or take pictures at Preston Bus Station and along the routes on the day.
As explained on Coach & Bus Week; The first Leyland Olympian in service at Preston Bus, was a former Leyland Vehicles demonstrator in 1984. The second arrived in 1989, this too was a former demonstrator but with bodywork by Northern Counties. In 1990, there were four new Leyland Olympians added to the Preston fleet, built at Leyland’s Workington factory. Latterly in 2005, 10 Leyland Olympians were purchased from Lothian Buses.