Twenty-three years after it first appeared, the Wright Renown-bodied Volvo B10BLE remains in service in parts of the country. CHRIS NEWTON offers a driver’s view of why it merits a place in a hall of fame

Lancashire United 574 (X574 YUG), a Wright Renown-bodied Volvo B10BLE refurbished and branded for The Hyndburn Connect services 6 and 7, in Blackburn in July 2015. It is passing the tower of the Thwaites brewery, which has since closed and was demolished last year. Lancashire United now trades as The Blackburn Bus Company and this is one of five Renowns since given a new identity with Valley Line branding.

Driving buses for the past 13 years has provided me with an opportunity to sample many vehicle types in service. Short wheelbase, long wheelbase, double-deckers and single-deckers. Dennis Darts, Optare Versas, Tempos and Solos, Leyland and Volvo Olympians, Volvo/Wright Eclipse Geminis and more recently Alexander Dennis Enviro200s.

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