More Metro Scanias for Leicester
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• A further 12 Metro-Scania o-m-o single-deck buses have been ordered by Leicester City Transport, while Newport Corporation is buying 44 Metro-Scanias, it was announced in Leicester on Wednesday. Both contracts are subject only to the granting of loan sanction.
The occasion was the handing over of the first of 18 44-seat models for Leicester City Transport, built under the Anglo-Swedish venture announced in 1969. The presentation was made by Mr A. H. Sansome, chairman of Metro-Cammell Weymann Ltd, and the bus was received by Leicester's Lord Mayor, Ald G. Baldwin.
Receipt of the Newport order for 44 buses is regarded by MCW and by AB Scania Vabis, Sweden, as the breakthrough in this exercise. Leicester's latest order, which will bring the city's total of Metro-Scanias to 30, gives further momentum to the project.
The bodies of the buses will be built at MCW's Washwood Heath, Birmingham, factory and the running units for the fully integral vehicles will be supplied by Scania Vabis. A feature of the design is a transverse power-pack at the rear of the buses incorporating the Scania D1 1 naturally aspirated engine with a maximum output of 202 bhp (DIN), and a fully automatic gearbox; air suspension is also a standard feature of the buses (CM October 3, 1969).