DAF Single deck

30007-11 

In the spring of 2014 with the changes in contractual commitments at their Wessex operation in Bristol  Rotala had five DAF Plaxton bodied single deckers surplus to requirements. Diamond Bus had a need for extra buses to initially provide cover whilst the Red Diamond liveried Volvo B7R single deckers which at the time were based at Redditch were repainted blue.

In May 2014 vehicles 30007-11 were repainted blue and put into service at Redditch in June 2014. In the event the vehicles have stayed at Redditch garage and now see service on virtually any of the routes operated by the garage.

Registration Number Fleet Number Vehicle Chassis Body work Seating Capacity Allocation Vehicle Livery
YJ07JRV 30007 DAF SB120 XMGDE12BS0H014403 Plaxton 0610.7LAA6819 B42F Redditch Blue
YJ07JRU 30008 DAF SB120 XMGDE12BS0H014402 Plaxton 0610.7LAA6818 B42F Redditch Blue
YJ07JRO 30009 DAF SB120 XMGDE12BS0H014434 Plaxton 0610.7LAA6817 B42F Redditch Blue
YJ07JJU 30010 DAF SB120 XMGDE12BS0H014405 Plaxton 0610.7LAA6816 B42F Redditch Blue
YJ07JJO 30011 DAF SB120 XMGDE12BS0H014404 Plaxton 0610.7LAA6815 B42F Redditch Blue

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John Fishwick & Sons was formed in 1907. It was based in Lancashire and operated a fleet of bus and coaches in the Preston area. Being close to the old Leyland bus factory the company had a long tradition of purchasing Leyland vehicles. When production of buses and coaches ended in Leyland they turned to other manufacturers.

During 2015 it became apparent that John Fishwick & Sons was in financial difficulties and during the summer the owners attempted to sell the business. Rotala as the main bus operator in the Preston area were interested in purchasing the business. However, before a deal could be struck John Fishwick stopped trading on 25th October 2015. With a need for additional vehicles to meet the DDA requirements in the Diamond Bus fleet Rotala purchased three of the former Fishwick vehicles from the dealer who was disposing of the vehicles and placed them in  service at Redditch in early 2016.

Registration Number Fleet Number Vehicle Chassis Body work Seating Capacity Allocation Vehicle Livery
YJ07JDZ 32101 DAF SB200 XMGDE02CS0H012439 Wrights AA252 B44F Redditch Blue
YJ08EFS 32121 DAF SB200 XMGDE02FS0H015774 Wrights AB128 B44F Redditch Blue
YJ08EFW 32122 DAF SB200 XMGDE02FS0H016503 Wrights AB129 B44F Redditch Blue