Metro / Glider Fleet News 2021

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01/05/21 - Volvo B9 2201 has returned to use at Short Strand following completion of engine repairs, with B7s 2895 (Falls) and 2910 (Short Strand) now SORN from 30th April for repair. Another B7 to join the fleet is 2983 from Ulsterbus, which will be painted magenta as the replacement for maliciously destroyed 2197. Vehicles going to Hamill for scrap are L94s 795/806/8, Intercenturies 1716/25/30 and Solos 1874/1932.

01/04/21 - Volvo B7s returning to use after completion of engine repairs are 2902/13 (Short Strand) and 2969 (Newtownabbey). 3 more Ulsterbus Volvo B12B/Sunsundegui have been received at Short Strand for contract use : 1768/77/83; these have replaced Irizars 1716/25/30 which are now in Reserve. Also withdrawn is Solar 806 with engine defects, whilst a malicious loss on 7th April is Volvo B5 2197 on the Shankill Road. On the move are Solos 1987/8 (short Strand - MSC) and ALX 2969 (Newtownabbey - MSC). Solos 1936/7 have both received magenta repaints, whilst older Solo 1883 has gone to Hamill for scrap. Volvo B9TL 2356 has received a replacement Coors AoA. Finally, Glider 3219 has returned to Van Hool in Belgium with chassis defects.

01/03/21 - Streetdeck FCEV 5002 (XUI 8002) commenced it's commissioning period on 5th February, temporarily allocated to York Road; it moved to MSC on the 18th for service but like 5004 has seen only very sporadic use. Optare Solos 0012 and 1998 have also completed their fault free running period and are both allocated to Short Strand. B7TL 2906 has returned to use at Short Strand following completion of repairs, whilst the Scania L94 stock continues to dwindle with 795 and 808 being withdrawn, both from Short Strand. An unusual arrival for contract use at Short Strand is Volvo B12B/Sunsun 1782, from Ulsterbus Armagh. Scanias 742/66/92 have been sold to Hamill for scrap, along with Solos 1880/1921/2. Other slightly unexpected arrivals are 2 additional Van Hool Exquicitys, presumably to become 3232/3.

06/02/21 - Optare Solo 0012 (XUI 6612) commenced it's commissioning period on 29th December, temporarily allocated to York Road. Older Solos 1936/7 have been received at Short Strand for use on contracts, whilst 1986 has moved from Short Strand to MSC. Volvo B7s 2902/6 (Short Strand) and 2969 (Newtownabbey) were all SORN'd at the end of January, all requiring engine repairs. Volvo B9TL 2353 have gained an AoA for the NSPCC.

06/01/21 - Optare Solos 1998/0011/3 started their period of commissioning, allocated to York Road, on 9th December, with Streetdeck FCEV's 5003/4 (XUI 8003) doing so a day later. The Streetdecks are 65 seaters with H39/27F+23 layout. 0011/3 both moved to Short Strand from 11/12, with 5004 being allocated to Milewater from the 17th. Volvo B7 2910 returned to use at Short Strand following completion of engine repairs, with sister 2913 being SORN'd at the end of December for the same reason, alons with Scania 808 (Short Strand, engine repairs). Buses moved to the Reserve fleet from 31st December are the sole remaining Plaxton Prima 4 and Solo 1874 (both Short Strand), whilst Solo 1933 returned from Ulsterbus and was placed in Reserve on the same day.

01/01/21 - Seasons Greetings and a Merry New Year from Irish Transport Heritage.

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