Plaxton Verde

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Plaxton Verde
Dennis Lance Plaxton Verde Arriva.jpg
Arriva North East Plaxton Verde bodied Dennis Lance in Bootle in April 2009
Manufacturer Plaxton
Body and chassis
Doors 1 or 2 door
Floor type Step entrance
Chassis Dennis Lance
Volvo B10B
Scania N113
Engine Cummins C series (Dennis Lance)
Scania DSC11 (Scania N113)
DAF LT160 (DAF SB220)
Volvo THD103 KB (Volvo B10B)

The Plaxton Verde was a single-decker bus body built by Plaxton between 1991 and 1997. It was built on a rear-engined chassis, the most popular of which was the Dennis Lance which accounted for over half of the Verdes built. The rest were on Volvo B10B, DAF SB220 and Scania N113 chassis.

The Verde has an aluminium structure, which is related to that of the smaller Pointer. The flat-sided, boxy shape is also similar to that of the Pointer, except for the front end, which has a "barrel-curvature" windscreen plus quarterlights.

First Midland Red Plaxton Verde bodied Dennis Lance in Kidderminster in June 2011

On early vehicles (primarily the Scanias and DAFs), the side windows have rounded corners and the quarterlights are deeper than the windscreen. Later built vehicles have square-cornered windows, an enlarged cab side window with an angled corner like that on the Pointer, and quarterlights which finish level with the windscreen. Minor alterations were also made to the front dash panel.

The forty DAF SB220/Plaxton Verdes, which went into service with Dublin Bus in 1993, had additional front grille apertures and dual door. They were known as the P class and were used to introduce a new high frequency brand known as 'City Swift' on route 39 (city centre - Blanchardstown). They were plagued with structural problems and returned to Scarborough more than once for remedial treatment. In 2003 they passed to sister company Bus Éireann and were converted to single door for school bus work. As of August 2014 most have been withdrawn although no more than 7 of the type remain active, mainly on relief duties. All are expected to be withdrawn over the coming months.

The Verde was identified by the letter L in Plaxton's post-1989 body numbering system.

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