Sunday 29 March 2020

The Optare Solo SR in Preston

Preston Bus Optare Solo SR 20016 on route 75 in Thornton on 29th February

Preston Bus were the first operator of the Optare Solo SR in the country, with eight vehicles (20701-20708) being purchased in 2008 for their Park & Ride services. Stagecoach also currently operate two Solo SRs in a special livery for the Park & Ride service to the Capitol Centre at Walton-le-Dale. Late in 2019 an Optare Solo SR (YJ10 MFV) was transferred from the Diamond Signature operation in the West Midlands up to Preston. Former Diamond Bus Solo SR 20016 (YJ10 MFV) built in 2010 has been repainted in a smart new livery of two tone blue. Whether this colour scheme is to be the new Preston Bus livery remains to be seen, but one of Preston's original 2008 SRs (20701) has also been outshopped in this same livery.

Park & Ride liveried Solo SR 20702 at Preston Bus Station in May 2017

Preston Solo SR 20707 in standard fleet livery on service 89 in August 2016

Stagecoach Solo SR 47923 on a Park & Ride service on 12th March

2008 Solo SR 47707 in Stagecoach in Preston Park & Ride livery in September 2009

Brand new Stagecoach Solo SR 47923 in Preston in August 2014

Preston Solo SR 20701 in unbranded new livery on service 6 on 3rd March

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