Bus passengers may have blinked at the unfamiliar different colour scheme – but one of the newish Cardiff Bus Mercedes Citaros is now being put through its paces on routes around Penarth and Llandough.
The Merc’ bus is a demonstrator provided by the manufacturers to enable Cardiff Bus to carry out a long-term test of the model.
Cardiff Bus already has several Mercedes Citaro vehicles in its 221-strong fleet – painted in its standard livery. The very latest models have CCTV, free 4G wi-fi and USB charging points.
The muted colour scheme on this Cardiff Bus demonstrator doesn’t, however, denote a change from the green and orange colour scheme. Cardiff Buses were originally a smart maroon but were repainted orange in the 1970s – a colour apparently picked by councillors to ensure the buses would be more visible under orange sodium street-lighting.
This month Cardiff Bus is also introducing a new fleet of 10 buses made by the British manfacturer Alexander Dennis in Scarborough which will also have state-of the-art facilities for passengers – including automatic “latest stop” announcement systems which is now installed on 33% of all buses.