Former London United VA103, an Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo BT7L new in March 2000, joined the fleet today on a trial period from Ripley (dealer). We are looking at purchasing a couple of low floor double decks for use on services 12, 22 and on the Red Rocket Express as necessary and need to assess fuel consumption, particularly since recently withdrawn Volvo Olympian 915 fuel costs topped £1.03 per mile!!
VA103 was once part of a 19-strong batch of Volvo B7TLs delivered to London United and operated in the Hounslow and Kingston areas of their network. The batch has been either stored or operated in the reserve fleet (Rail Replacement work etc) in recent years but recently the batch has been sold.