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VehicleDennis Dart
B34F Plaxton Pointer
Number42406 (P406 MLA)
New to Centrewest London Buses Ltd. as fleet number L6
OperatorFirst Midland Red Buses Limited, Worcester depot
New (8/96) to Centrewest London Buses Ltd., London. Withdrawn (c. 3/08). Hire or loan (4/08–c. 5/08) to First Beeline Buses Ltd. (“First Berkshire & Thames Valley”), Slough. Passed (6/08) to First Midland Red Buses Ltd., Worcester. Passed (3/3/13) to The Diamond Bus Co. Ltd., Birmingham. Withdrawn (5/13). Passed (9/13) to Willenhall Commercials (dealer), Willenhall
LocationRiver Severn Bridge, Worcester.
DescriptionHeading across the City on a Service 31.
DateThursday 7th May 2009
TimBrown on Friday 27th April 2018
I never got to the bottom of why this batch of Darts performed so much better than any other batches of same type. The acceleration and top speed was infinitely better. One day I happened to be driving my car to Ombersley and one of Kidderminster's P 4xx MLA Darts was working the 303 to Kidderminster out of Worcester in front of me as we approached the Northern Link roundabout. When it pulled away I was initially left behind and needed a very heavy right foot to keep up, it was up to 60 MPH on my speedo down the gentle slope at Hawford and maintained 55 MPH plus all the way to the Ombersley village turn off. In my experience when driving the likes of 42217/19/20 they were pedestrian by comparison, much slower away and only capable of reaching 50 MPH downhill.l

AdamH on Friday 27th April 2018
I didn't get to drive these very often, but I do remember they were far better than any of the other second-hand Darts the company acquired.

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