SGB orders 232 replacements
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• The Scottish Bus Group has announced orders for 232 new vehicles to meet the 1969 replacement programme. Worth £1,583,000, the orders are split almost evenly between single-deckers (119) and double-deckers (113).
The new Bristol VRT rear-engined chassis figures prominently in the latter category with a total of 84 ordered, the double-deck balance being completed with 29 Daimler Fleetlines. In the single-deck field 26 Bristol LH chassis have been ordered together with 33 Albion Vikings, heavy-duty vehicles being represented by 48 Leyland Leopards and lighterduty models by 12 Fords.
Breakdown of orders, fleet by fleet, is as follows (bodywork by Alexander, unless otherwise stated): Alexander (Fife), 14 Daimler Fleetline double-deckers and 13 Albion Viking 40-seat coaches; Alexander (Midland), 15 Daimler Fleetline and 15 Bristol VRT double-deck, eight Leyland Leopard 49-seat dual purpose single-deckers and eight Bristol LH 41-seat coaches; Alexander (Northern), 20 40-seat dual-purpose Vikings and six 53-seat Leopard single-deckers; Central SMT, 20 Bristol VRT double-deckers with Eastern Coach Works bodies and 20 53-seat Leopard single-deckers; Highland, 12 Ford R192 with 45-seat Duple bodies; Eastern Scottish, 10 Bristol VRT double-deckers with ECVV bodies and 18 Bristol LH 38-seat coaches: Western SMT, 14 49-seat dual-purpose Leopard single-deckers and 39 Bristol VRT double-deckers with ECVV bodies. All the double-deckers will seat 75 passengers apart from the Central SMT batch which will seat 77