Ipswich Buses runs one of the greenest and youngest bus fleets in the region. Our buses are based at our garage on Constantine Road, Ipswich where our experienced and knowledgeable team of engineers maintain our fleet to the highest standards. We are proud to be recognised by the DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) as a Green operator under their OCRS (Operator Compliance Risk Score) system which is used by the DVSA to calculate the risk of an operator not following the rules on roadworthiness (the condition of its vehicles) and drivers’ hours or procedures.
Ipswich Buses fleet currently has 72 buses and 1 coach with double deckers making up 38% of the fleet . In total, we have 9 different types of bus, with examples shown below. All of our buses have CCTV, real time tracking, low floor entrances and a wheelchair / pushchair bay making them fully DDA compliant.
You can download our current fleetlist here – Ipswich Buses Fleet & Allocation List – September 2020 – Public
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Our thanks go to Bryan Dickson, Jordan Watson and Leon Wells for the supply of the photos displayed below.
Volvo B7R Jonckheere Modulo (1)
Currently the only coach in our fleet, number 1 was purchased from a highly reputable local coach operator in summer 2020 to meet the requirements of one of our corporate customers and is otherwise used on our Ipswich School contract or private hire work. Number 1 has a Volvo B7R chassis powered by a Volvo D7 engine coupled to a ZF 6AP 6 speed automatic gearbox and is fitted with Belgian built Jonckheere Modulo body which seats upto 57 passengers, has 3 point seatbelts and air conditioning.
Scania CN230UD OmniCity (30 to 48)
With 19 of these vehicles in the fleet these Scania double deckers are the back bone of our double decker fleet and can normally be found on services 5,15,15A,92,93 & 97 as well as school contracts and rail replacement services. These vehicles are all powered by a Scania engine coupled to a ZF automatic gearbox. Buses 30 – 45 meet the Euro V emissions level and buses 46 – 48 meet the Euro VI emission limit and are also fitted with digital tachographs and seatbelts.
DAF DB250LF East Lancs Myllennium Lowlander (54 to 59)
Once the mainstay of our double decker fleet these heavy weight DAF’s are now more commonly used on schools services or contracts and their powerful DAF Paccar engine coupled to a Voith DIWA gearbox makes these vehicles well suited to moving large numbers of passengers.
Scania N94 East Lancs OmniDekka (60 to 62)
We currently have 3 of these vehicles in our fleet which are the predecessor to the later Scania CN230UD. These are the largest double deckers in our fleet with 80 seats and can normally be found on services 2 & 6 as well as commercial school services.
Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 (71,72, 76 – 82, 101 – 108)
The E200 is one of the best selling buses in the world and its nimble and versatile design makes it well suited for a wide range of bus routes. Ipswich Buses now have 17 of these vehicles in our fleet with further examples expected in the near future. Our E200’s are fitted with a Cummins ISBe engine coupled to an Allison automatic gearbox and can normally be found on services 1,3,7,8,14 & 16. Most of our E200’s are the standard 10.8m length, however 71 & 72 are shorter 8.9m versions and along with 76 are fitted with seatbelts for our Ipswich School contract.
Optare Tempo SR (87 – 99)
Sadly there are only 17 Optare Tempo SR’s in operation in the UK with the model predominately being built for the Australian market, out of those 17 in the UK 13 are owned by Ipswich Buses with the rest owned by Manchester Airport. These heavyweight single decker buses are powered by the powerful Mercedes Benz OM906LA engine coupled to an Allison T310R automatic gearbox and meet Euro V emission limits. Our Tempo SR’s are normally found on services 9,10 & 13 with 5 carrying yellow line branding and 6 carrying pink line branding.
Dennis Dart / Plaxton Super Pointer Dart (137)
Ipswich Buses first purchased a Dennis vehicle in 1983 when 6 Dennis Falcon’s with East Lancs bodies were delivered and ever since then buses made in Great Britain by Dennis and their successor Alexander Dennis have played a strong role in our fleet and moving the residents of the Borough of Ipswich and surrounding areas safely and reliably. In its 19 year production run over 11,000 Dart’s were built making it one of the worlds best selling buses with several batch’s being been brought new and second hand by Ipswich Buses before it was replaced by the Enviro 200 & 300 models in 2008. Today we only have one Dart left in the fleet number 137 which is a longer Super Dart variant fitted with a Super Pointer body and powered by a Cummins B series engine coupled to a Voith DIWA gearbox. 137 was one of 4 identical vehicles purchased by Ipswich Buses from Lothian Regional Transport in 2015 and unlike her sisters has escaped being withdrawn as every time a replacement is purchased for her we seem to win another contract!. 137 is currently employed on services 118 & 119 between Ipswich & Framlingham so catch her while you can because sadly, as soon as a suitable replacement is found she will be leaving the fleet.
Optare Versa V1120 (145-152)
These British built integral vehicles are normally found on our Essex area services 2,4 & 11 as well rural services like the 118 & 119. These buses were all fitted with a MAN engine when new however buses 145 – 147 have since been replaced with the more popular Cummins ISBe engine.
Mercedes Benz 0503 Citaro (153-155)
Without any doubt our Citaro’s are the flagship of our fleet and are very popular with our drivers, engineers and most importantly our customers. The Citaro is a completely integral product built at Mercedes Benz’s factory in Mannheim in South West Germany, and is powered by a Mercedes Benz OM936 engine which is coupled to a ZF 6 speed Ecolife automatic gearbox. These buses can be normally found on service 12 between Ipswich Central and Chantry as well as rail replacement duties and shuttle services for our corporate customers such as Amazon.
Optare Solo (241 & 245)
Very similar to the Optare Versa these low floor integral minibuses are normally used on council contracts and can easily drive along roads that larger buses would struggle to fit down.