NCT 314, Radford Road Nottingham, 27-11-1999
One of the usurpers! Volvo Citybus 314 is seen heading towards the city and Trent Boulevard on service 85. While still bodied to Nottingham standards, these vehicles always looked somewhat top heavy. Difficulty in sourcing the smaller screens for the upper deck resulted in the deeper screen being used instead leading to a mismatch with the window line. In my opinion, these vehicles were a mistake from a passenger point of view - the underfloor engine meant reduced headroom on both decks (the traditional standard maintained 5'10" on both decks - the early ones had 6'1 upstairs and 6' downstairs!) and the high floor line meant steep steps, especially at the centre exit. They did however had a good seating capacity downstairs - always a priority in Nottingham, although perhaps misplaced in this instance given the downsides.
Scanned from an original print.
Chassis Builder : Volvo
Chassis Type : Citybus B10M-50
Chassis No : YV31MEC18FC009788
Body Builder : Northern Counties
Body Style : Nottingham Standard
Body No : 2819
Seating : H49/35D
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From NCT Last Atlantean Running Day, 27-11-1999