20 October 2014

Joined: February 10th, 2010, 7:31 pm

October 22nd, 2014, 10:26 pm #1

I was 99% certain that I saw an Optare Alero on the M50 on Monday morning, any ideas who may belong to?
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Joined: November 19th, 2012, 2:58 pm

November 3rd, 2014, 8:20 pm #2

I noticed one of these in Callinans Yard (down the far end) its like a burgandy colour with yourkshire party bus on it. Must be a new venture for someone?????
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Joined: February 10th, 2010, 7:31 pm

November 3rd, 2014, 9:52 pm #3

Must keep my eyes open, a rare bus in these parts.
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Joined: June 1st, 2010, 7:54 pm

November 3rd, 2014, 9:59 pm #4

`The Optare Alero is known to be an unreliable type , there are two of them in Ballincollig belonging to the Westgate Foundation , they dont get out much due to reliability problems.
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Joined: February 10th, 2010, 7:31 pm

November 4th, 2014, 9:01 pm #5

Technically they should have been good for some of the rural services, however reliability was poor.  Optare were more interested in the Solo.  
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Joined: June 1st, 2010, 7:54 pm

November 5th, 2014, 12:25 am #6

Indeed the concept behind the Alero is excellent , just a pity the machine is not durable enough for the job , had they been a bit sturdier they would have been an ideal rural service bus , what kills Optare in Ireland is lack of back up , there are no Optare dealers in Ireland and parts and warranties can be an issue , in 2002 One was trialed in Kerry as part of the RTI project , it was suggested that the concept of the Alero was so good that the price tag and some of the reliability issues could have been worked with had not been for the fact that the operators were "on their own" if they went wrong , but you are correct in that Optare was far more interested in the Solo and did not put as much effort as it could in overcoming the Alero's shortcomings .
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