Wright choice for YT
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• Yorkshire Traction is the first operator to take Robert Wright & Son's aluminium citybus body which was unveiled last November (('M 14-20 November 1991).
The Barnsley-based operator ordered the vehicle from artists' impressions before seeing a prototype of the riveted and bolted body. Five citybuses on Scania K93CR60 chassis are due before the end of August.
Wrights claims that the body design is 50% stronger than an equivalent welded structure. It uses the Alusuisse M5438 structure in which aluminium extrusions play a key part in ensuring the vehicle's rigidity, says Wright.
It expects to sell about 50 this year, on chassis from 10 to 12m long. The body takes up to 53 seats, and costs around g38,000. It is expected to have a minimum service life of 15 years.
The curved windscreen is in up to three sections and windows can be bonded or fitted with rubber gaskets. Other features include DiPTAC specifications and floor covering reaching up to the seat rail, so the vehicle can be hosed out.