Lothian Buses has refurbished its original hybrid buses – the15 ADL Enviro400H which introduced to the fleet in September 2011. The first of the buses to be refurbished, ‘LB61BUS,’ fleet number 204 (pictured), returned to service on June 11.
Asked by CBW about the nature of the work, Lothian Buses said it has replaced the lower skirt panels on the vehicles and re-sprayed them in its traditional livery. The seating has also been re-trimmed in the current company moquette and the interior, including the staircase, has been specially coated with GRP paint. The refurbished buses will run predominately on service 10, though company policy is to use the hybrids 24 hours a day to maximise fuel saving. All work is being carried out in-house at the operator’s Seafield depot.
Engineering Director, Bill Devlin, said: “The refurbishment of these buses is part of our continual fleet improvement programme. We are expecting all 15 buses to be completed by the end of the year.”