MONDAY MORNING CLASSIC (UK, 1990s) – Luton VRT [29July2013]

AllAboutBuses invites you to banish the Monday morning back-to-work blues with a spot of time travel . .

This week we travel back to the mid 1990s, and a classic British bus of NBC era,  ending its life in the bright colours of a deregulated operator.


The Bristol VRT really was the classic double-deck bus of the National Bus Company throughout the 1970s and 80s, and many lived on for the first decade or so of post-NBC private and deregulated operation.

Seen here in Luton, no. 5035 (ONH925V) in the Luton & Dunstable fleet would have started life with NBC United Counties, part of which was split off into Luton & District at privatisation. The name and the livery shown here is long gone, the operation having been swallowed up by Arriva and now forming part of Arriva The Shires.  The VRT, which was still working normal service despite the school branding on the front, lasted until at least the end of the 1990s.


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