Another Mellor Orion for Whitbread Wanderbus

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Whitbread Wanderbus has taken delivery of a new Mellor Orion minibus, its fourth vehicle from the company. The new vehicle replaces a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

The operator stuck with the Mellor Orion after trialling the vehicle alongside a minibus from another manufacturer

Committee member and Driver Assessor Trainer, Richard Thomas, explained: “We trialled a demo vehicle from Mellor and another company, but in the end it made sense to stick with the Orion; both operationally and from a maintenance point of view. Our first Orion proved to be reliable and fulfilled its function as a low-floor bus very well.”

The new bus has been supplied with Rescroft CT Lite seating along with an additional two tip-up seats, taking capacity to 16. All seats have been fitted with all-age provision seatbelts. The bus has also been designed with secure storage areas for the convenience of its passengers.

As the main duty of the bus is to run on scheduled routes, the newest fleet addition has been equipped with a destination display and ticket machine base.