Leyland on top in Soots order
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TEN Leyland National buses bought by the Scottish Bus Group have proved so reliable in service that SBG has ordered a further 28 of the model for its 1979 fleet replacement programme.
The order includes 10 of the new B-series Nationals specified for rural services. They will be operated by Alexander (Midland). Plaxton and Duple coaches also figure in SBG's 1979 order.
Neither Leyland's Titan nor its arch-rival Metrobus features on the order lists. Highbridge double-deckers will be supplied by Ailsa /Alexander; low height double-deckers will be Leyland Fleetline/ECW. The Fleetline was originally due to be phased out in 1978 but Leyland has kept it in production due to continued demand.
The full breakdown of the confirmed order is as follows: Alexander (Fife): 20 Ailsa/ Alexander double-deckers; 13 Leyland National 11.3-metre.
Alexander (Midland): 10 Leyland Leopard Duple Dominant 2 dual-purpose; 8 Leyland Leopard Alexander T-type dual purpose; 10 Leyland Leopard Alexander Ytype; 20 Leyland Fleetline/ ECW low height doubledeckers; 10 Leyland National B-series 10.3-metre; 5 Leyland National 11.3-metre.
Alexander (Northern): 6 Leyland Leopard Duple Dominant 1 dual-purpose; 19 Leyland Leopard Alexander Y-type; 5 Ford R1014 Y-type.
Central SMT: 20 Ailsa Alexander double deckers; 20 Leyland Leopard Alexander Y-type.
Highland Omnibuses: 9 Leyland Fleetline/ECW low height double-deckers; 4 Ford R1114 Duple Dominant 1 dual-purpose.
Scottish Omnibuses: 25 Leyland Fleetline/ECW; 25 Seddon Plaxton Supreme dual-purpose; 10 Leyland National 11.3-metre; 40 Seddon Alexander Y-type.
Western SMT: 40 Seddon Alexander Y-type; 40 Leyland Leopard Alexander Y-type.