East Lancs Nordic
|East Lancs Nordic|
A Nordic operated by First Glasgow.
|Manufacturer||East Lancashire Coachbuilders|
|Body and chassis|
|Floor type||Low floor|
|Successor||East Lancs Myllennium Nordic|
The East Lancs Nordic is a type of low-floor double-decker bus body built by East Lancashire Coachbuilders. It is built on tri-axle double-decker Volvo B7L chassis, with a length of 12 metres and a seating capacity of 95 passengers. The Nordic body design is based on an elongated version of the East Lancs Vyking body, with the name "Nordic" being derived from the chassis being built by a company from Sweden. The Nordic was later replaced by the Myllennium Nordic.
First Glasgow were the only operator in the United Kingdom to purchase Nordics, taking delivery of ten examples in October and November 2002. These Nordics were replaced in 2009 by a batch of Alexander Dennis Enviro500s, and all ten Nordics were sold by First Glasgow to BrightBus of Rotherham; however, one vehicle was destroyed by fire shortly after its arrival at BrightBus, and was stripped for spares and scrapped. Following the closure of BrightBus, these have now moved on to other operators, including one bus to Wellglade Group-owned TM Travel of Sheffield. Three were passed on to school bus operator Cambridge Bus & Coach.
The body was also sold outside of the UK, predominantly to operators in Denmark. Arriva Denmark took delivery of fourteen examples - at the time, their only double-deckers - for operations in and around Copenhagen under contract to HT (now HUR); some of these were later converted into open-top vehicles, while one has been destroyed by fire. Additionally, City Trafik of Copenhagen took delivery of 22 Nordics.
A total of 19 Nordics were delivered to operators in Sri Lanka, operating under contract to STLB.
Thirteen of the former Arriva Denmark examples and fifteen of the Sri Lankan vehicles were later purchased by bus dealer Ensignbus and sold on to the Big Bus Company, who relocated the vehicles to their sightseeing operations in Sydney and Washington D.C..
- "HT Volvo/ East Lancs Nordic". Flickr. 13 January 2013. Archived from the original on 10 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- "Fleet Lists - Denmark" (PDF). The Open Top Bus Site. 29 January 2017. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- ""This nearside view of City Trafik Nordic 2804 in central Copenhagen illustrates the three door layout of these 12m long giants."". Flickr. 26 January 2013. Archived from the original on 10 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.