Rusty Metros for scrap
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TYNE AND WEAR PTE is planning to scrap its entire fleet of Scania-powered Metropolitan double-deckers because of rust problems.
The 105 buses — purchased by the PTE between 1975 and 1977-were expected to last at least 13 years until 1988. Other operators of this Metro-Cammell Weymann-bodied type have experienced similar trouble.
In a report to Tyne and Wear County Council's transport committee, the PTE says that although the vehicles have performed well they are now suffering from "severe bodywork problems".
"It is considered the bodywork of many of the vehicles will require major construction if they are to be retained for the 13-year life," adds the report.
The PTE blames part of the problem on the exceptionally high mileage clocked-up by the buses. In Newcastle, the buses are averaging 50,000 miles each year compared to the national average of 32,000 miles.
All 105 vehicles will be scrapped over the next three years and replaced by Britishbuilt Leyland Olympian and MCW Metrobus vehicles. The PTE has been testing two Alexander-bodied Scania N112 double-deckers for some time.