On Monday of this week out of the blue, literally, came the other Metrodecker demonstrator. This one has been on long term loan to First Yorkshire, and I was interested to see if it matched the standards set by the original. How long Borderbus have got it for no one knows so not taking any chances I jumped on it today for a ride between Pakefield and Norwich. Not long after I had boarded I spied a certain Mr Grahame Bessey of East Norfolk Bus Blog taking a pic as we passed him and I'm pleased Grahame has sent it to me and allowed me to publish it.
|Optare Metrodecker YJ16 DFG in Pakefield. pic (c) Grahame Bessey|
I don't often go out riding just for fun these days, but normally because I'm on a mission. I will be going out just to ride this bus again if it stays longer than this week. I understand Optare are currently working on addressing the suggestions raised to them by all areas of the industry, including I'm proud to say yours truly, and it is hoped Borderbus will be asked to evaluate the modified demonstrator later in the year. I can't wait.
I said in my previous review that once all the little issues were corrected the Metrocity would be the best double decker on the market. I've got to be honest - I think it already is.
|The Optare Metrodecker at Norwich|