Nottingham den for last Lions
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• The final examples of Leyland's short-lived answer to the Volvo Citybus MOM — the mid-engined Lion doubledecker — are in service with Nottingham City Transport.
The batch of 10 are the first to feature bodywork by East Lancashire Coachbuilders. Five are single-entrance 88-seater buses; the other five are 80seat coaches. All 10 vehicles are powered by Leyland TL11H engines rated at 183kW.
Lion double-deck chassis have been in production for less than three years, with only 32 sold to three operators — Eastern Scottish, Clydeside Scottish, and Nottingham. John Lowrie, Nottingham's engineering director, says: "It was regrettable that the demise of the TL11 engine had terminated the availability of this DAB product through Leyland Bus." Nottingham now has 13 Lions in its fleet.
• Strathclyde's Buses has ordered 45 Volvo DlOM City Buses with Alexander bodywork as part of its vehicle replacement programme.