Optare Versa   

30128-30/2-6

During 2011 Rotala made a bid for  15 hybrid single deck vehicles using Government Green Bus Funding for use on the Bath Park and Ride service which they were as the time operating. Unfortunately during retendering of the service they lost the contract but were successful in obtaining the the Government funding. Following some negotiation with the Government it agreed the vehicles could still be purchased. Seven went to the Preston operation and 8 of the Optare Versa hybrid vehicles joined the West Midlands fleet. Ironically the buses were originally destined for Redditch for use of the 57 and 58 routes but agreement could not be reached with Worcestershire Council to part fund the buses. As a result the buses were put onto the 56 route from Birmingham City Centre and Brownhills. However, the buses proved too small for the route and were moved onto the Route 16 from Birmingham City Centre and Hamstead. Following retendering of the Signature network in Solihull by Centro in the Summer 2013 it was agreed to deploy a number of the vehicles on that network in return for a 5 year contract from Centro. Two of the buses were also used on the X30 service in Coventry. Like other operators with these types of vehicles they did not prove to be as fuel efficient as the manufacturer claimed. Also the hybrid technology proved difficult to maintain. Rotala took the decision when the initial lease contracts came to an end to withdraw the vehicles from service 

Registration Number Fleet Number Vehicle Chassis Body work Seating Capacity Allocation Vehicle Livery
YJ12GUE 30128 Optare Versa V1100H SABWWYSCHCS320435 Optare B36F Withdrawn  2/17 Signature
YJ12GTY 30129 Optare Versa V1100H SABWWYSCHCS320430 Optare B36F Withdrawn  2/17 Signature
YJ12GTZ 30130 Optare Versa V1100H SABWWYSCHCS320431 Optare B36F Withdrawn  2/17 special green livery
YJ12GUC 30132 Optare Versa V1100H SABWWYSCHCS320433 Optare B36F Withdrawn  2/17 Signature
YJ12GUD 30133 Optare Versa V1100H SABWWYSCHCS320434 Optare B36F Withdrawn  2/17 Signature
YJ12GUF30134 Optare Versa V1100H SABWWYSCHCS320436 Optare B36F Withdrawn  2/17 Signature
YJ12GUG 30135 Optare Versa V1100H SABWWYSCHCS320437 Optare B36F  Withdrawn  2/17 Signature
YJ12GUH 30136 Optare Versa V1100H SABWWYSCHCS320438 Optare B36F  Withdrawn  2/17 Signature

 

30404/5/967-70

With the expansion of the Signature bus network that Rotala operate around Solihull for Centro there was a need in 2011 for some larger vehicles to operate the service 30 between Acocks Green and Solihull and so  two Optare Versa vehicles YJ61CHH and YJ61CHK joined the fleet. These two vehicles are in full Signature livery. With the purchase of the Central Buses fleet a further four diesel powered Optare Versas joined the fleet. These vehicles had benefited from a mid life refurbishment whilst with Central Buses

Registration Number Fleet Number Vehicle Chassis Body work Seating Capacity Allocation Vehicle Livery
YJ61CHH 30404 Optare Versa SABWW3AC0BL320422Optare B37F Redditch Signature
YJ61CHK30405 Optare Versa SABWW3AC0BL320423Optare B37F RedditchSignature
YJ57XVT 30967 Optare Versa SABWWJAD07L320039 Optare B37F Redditch Central buses
YJ57XVW30968 Optare Versa SABWWJAD07L320042 Optare B37F Redditch Central buses
YJ57XVX30969 Optare Versa SABWWJAD07L320044 Optare B37F TividaleCentral buses
YJ57XY30970 Optare Versa SABWWJAD07L320045 Optare B37F TividaleCentral buses