Olympian farewell

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Hampshire operator, Xelabus is bidding farewell to its last Volvo Olympian with a running day on Saturday June 30.

The last Olympian brings to an end a long line of Leyland and Volvo Olympians at Xelabus. XELABUS

The Alexander-bodied bus, new as S271CCD to Stagecoach Sussex Coastline in 1998, will be running over several of the Eastleigh-based Xelabus routes. [wlm_nonmember][…]

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All departures will be from Eastleigh Bus station, on the X4 to West End and Hedge End at 0925, 1325 and 1725hrs and on the X6 and X7 routes, to Chandler’s Ford and Velmore at 1115, 1215, 1515 and 1615hrs.

Xelabus chairman Phil Blair said: “Olympians have been an important part of our fleet and even today are in many ways perfect for contract work. We need to make way for newer, environmentally cleaner vehicles however.”

Set up with five licences in 2010, Xelabus now has 40 with routes and contracts covering a wide area of central Hampshire. The bus operations of Hampshire-based Velvet and Brijan were taken over as part of the fleet expansion. Six former Nottingham Scania OmniDekkas have been purchased as Olympian replacements. Like several other former Xelabus Olympians, S271CCD will be heading to David Collier at Cambridge Bus and Coach.

An all-day ticket costing £5 is available for the farewell and Xelabus will be issuing a commemorative handout. Xelabus website: www.xeleabus.info