Mellor Strata

21205-14

During 2017 Rotala were looking at options of being able to provide Euro VI standard vehicles for contracted services at competitive prices. Up to then the option like other bus operators was to offer the vehicle types produced by the likes of ADL and Wrights and where smaller buses are required the manufacturer offers cut down versions of their larger vehicles. In respect to the number of seats provided these smaller vehicles are not very cost effective when compared to the same vehicle types but with more seats. Mellor Coachcraft who have been building minibuses for many years now offer a version of their minibus built to a full bus specification on a Mercedes chassis with a Euro VI standard engine. Rotala acquired 15 of these vehicles in late 2017  Five were put to work in Lancashire on contracted work run by their Preston operation and following the renewal of a number of Transport for West Midlands contracts in October 2017 Rotala were able to offer far more competitive tender prices for contracts requiring Euro VI vehicles and ten of these vehicles have entered the Diamond Bus fleet.  With the introduction of these vehicles in the West Midlands Diamond Bus have introduced a new version of their livery which incorporates two shades of blue.  The Preston based vehicles are 21 seaters whereas the West Midlands based ones only have 18 seats.

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date into Service

Current Allocation

Livery

LS68FOF   21205 Mellor Strater B18F October 2017 Tividale New Diamond blue
LS68FOH 21206 Mellor Strater B18F October 2017 Tividale New Diamond blue
LS68FOJ   21207 Mellor Strater B18F October 2017 Tividale New Diamond blue
LS68FOK 21208 Mellor Strater B18F October 2017 Tividale New Diamond blue
LS68FOM 21209 Mellor Strater B18F October 2017 Tividale New Diamond blue
LS68FON 21210 Mellor Strater B18F November 2017 Tividale New Diamond blue
LS68FOP 21211 Mellor Strater B18F November 2017 Tividale New Diamond blue
LS68FOT 21212 Mellor Strater B18F November 2017 Tividale New Diamond blue
LS68FOU 21213 Mellor Strater B18F November 2017 Tividale New Diamond blue
LS68FOV 21214 Mellor Strater B18F November 2017 Tividale New Diamond blue