East of the M60 Exclusive: Pioneer Depot Team set to receive ten Wright StreetLite Max midibuses.
Tameside’s bus users are set to see newer buses on some of their local routes. First Greater Manchester, who have recently taken over Finglands Coachways’ stage carriage operations, has ordered a number of Wright Streetlite midibuses for local services. Their latest order will see ten of the above vehicles reach Dukinfield garage.
Excluding the Transport for Greater Manchester owned electric hybrid Optare Solo M920 vehicles, they will be Dukinfield garage’s first new buses since 1995. They are set to displace some of their older step entrance double deckers and low floor vehicles. Its inveterate members include 31929, an R-reg Dennis Arrow and 40406, the Pioneer Depot Team’s oldest Dennis Dart SLF, also of similar age to the Arrow.
Of late, First Greater Manchester’s new Wright StreetLite Maxes have been seen in and around Tameside on route learning duties. At odds with the usual moquette seen on most of the Dukinfield garage’s vehicle, Tameside’s latest additions have leather seats. There is seating for 45 passengers with standing capacity for up to 26 passengers.
They are likely to enter service by Spring of this year. As some as we see them on the 346, or on any other services from the Pioneer Depot Team, expect nothing less than the full East of the M60 treatment. (In other words, a review complete with the usual photographs, details of the best bus seat positions and the Metal Rear Factor).
S.V., 27 February 2014.