Traditional liveries return at Arriva

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YX17 NFF was painted in traditional M&D colours to commemorate serving Kent for more than 100 years. DANIEL HARDCASTLE

Arriva Southern Counties is paying tribute to its heritage with vehicles in historic liveries. The latest is a 2011 Optare Solo, now in the Maidstone & District (M&D) guise current from deregulation to 1997.

The idea came from Daniel Hardcastle, who carries out body work as well as engineering at Arriva’s Tunbridge Wells depot. “I thought it would be good to commemorate both the 25th anniversary since Cowie was renamed Arriva and 90 years of M&D/Arriva operating in the Tunbridge Wells area,” said Daniel. “I made the suggestion to my management and they have been really supportive, giving the go-ahead.”

The Solo, new to Arriva Derby, was due for a repaint so was chosen for the retro livery. Daniel prepped and painted the bus, with vinyls supplied by Iden Signs. The green and cream Optare is now running on several routes around Tunbridge Wells.


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