Optare Olympus

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East Lancs/Optare Olympus
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An Scania N230UD Optare Olympus owned by South Lancs Travel in Leigh, Greater Manchester
Powertrain
Capacity 68 - 100 seated [1]
Dimensions
Length 10.2 to 11.9m
Width 2,535mm[2]
Height 4.2 to 4.3m
Chronology

The Optare Olympus (introduced in 2006 as the East Lancs Olympus, and sold as the Darwen Olympus between 2007 and 2008) is a double-decker bus built by Optare. It could be built as a complete bus with Optare's own chassis,[3] or as a body available on Alexander Dennis Enviro400, Volvo B9TL or Scania N230UD/N270UD chassis.

It is the double-deck equivalent of the Optare Esteem.

East Lancs Olympus[edit]

A Reading Transport Olympus, an example bodied by Darwen Group.
An East Lancs Olympus on a Scania N-series chassis operating for Transdev in London.
An Darwen Olympus on a Scania N230UD chassis operating for Network in Colchester.

The Olympus was launched by East Lancashire Coachbuilders in November 2006.[4] The first example, built on a Volvo B9TL chassis for Delaine Buses, was displayed at Euro Bus Expo 2006. It had been the intention to exhibit a higher specification model for Ham's of Flimwell, but this was not ready in time for the show, meaning the bus didn't show its full potential.

The Olympus replaced the OmniDekka on Scania chassis, which is 10.6 or 11.9 metres in length. On Volvo chassis, it replaced the Myllennium Vyking. On Alexander Dennis chassis, it replaced the Myllennium Lolyne.

At the beginning of January 2007, Reading Buses ordered six Olympus with Scania chassis for their Loddon Bridge FastTrack park and ride contract to replace Optare Excels. They entered service in a yellow and blue livery in July 2007.

In London, some bus operators purchased Olympus with Scania chassis. Transdev London and Metroline have these buses operating on routes 148 and 7 respectively. Due to problems with the new TfL specified air-conditioning units, some buses failed the tilt test by one degree, and entered service late.

Darwen Olympus[edit]

East Lancs went into administration in August 2007 and was bought by the Darwen Group. The body was therefore renamed Darwen Olympus.

The first buses to be delivered under the Darwen name were those ordered by Cardiff Bus (one of which was shown at Coach and Bus live 2007) and Arriva Yorkshire.

Reading Transport has numerous examples bodied by Darwen, in addition to a few built by East Lancs before they went into administration.

Optare Olympus[edit]

Following the reverse takeover of Optare by Darwen Group in June 2008, the Olympus was again renamed, becoming the Optare Olympus. London General ordered the Olympus with Alexander Dennis Enviro400 chassis instead of Scania which Metroline and Transdev London had inherited. Metrobus have 30 buses on Scania N230UD chassis, which were used on London routes 54 and 75

In 2009, Optare announced that it had designed its own chassis for the Optare Olympus, with a Mercedes-Benz engine, as per previous products.[5]

Visionaire[edit]

Main article: Optare Visionaire

An open-top version of the Olympus, named the Visionaire, was also built.

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