Smith is challenged
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• West Midlands Travel is introducing a new type of double-decker as part of its challenge to independent Smiths of Alcester. It has taken on 40 Scania N113s with 80-seat Alexander bodies, following the delivery of 250 Leyland Lynx single-deckers. For the past decade it has relied on IVICW Metrobuses.
The Scanias, with the latest "Green" engines are designed to win back some of the passengers lost by whirr to its independent competitor. Smiths trades as "Your Bus" on the route from the southern suburbs of Alcester to the city centre and has developed from a handful of used doubledeckers to a fleet of more than 40 buses including Optare Deltas and Leyland Tigers.