Plaxton Centro

The Plaxton Centro was a low entry single-decker bus bodywork designed by Bluebird Vehicles and manufactured by Plaxton.[1]

Plaxton Centro
Arriva NWW Plaxton Centro 2.jpg
Arriva North West & Wales Plaxton Centro bodied VDL SB120 in Winsford in June 2008
Production2006 - 2009
Body and chassis
Floor typeLow floor
Low entry
ChassisVDL SB120
MAN 12.240
MAN 14.220
MAN 14.240
Volvo B7RLE
EngineCummins ISBe (VDL)
Volvo (Volvo B7RLE)
Length8.9 to 12.0 metres
Width2.5 metres
Height3.0 metres
SuccessorAlexander Dennis Enviro300

It was launched on the VDL SB120 chassis in February 2006 with the first built for Johnson,Brae. Arriva North West & Wales was the first big fleet order with 10 registered in late 2006.[2][3] In 2006, it was also made available on the VDL SB200, followed in 2007 by the MAN 12.240 and the Volvo B7RLE.[2][4][5] The first Volvo B7RLE was purchased by Wessex Bus for the Bristol park & ride service[6]

In 2008, East Yorkshire Motor Services took delivery of six Centro bodied Volvo B7RLEs. In 2010, Blackpool Transport took delivery of nine B7RLEs.[7] Plaxton bodied the MAN 14.220 chassis in 2008 before this was replaced by the MAN 14.240 in 2009. Other purchasers of the Centro include Arriva, Centrebus, Diamond Bus, GHA Coaches and TM Travel.[1][2]

By 2010, the Centro was no longer available from Plaxton after parent company Alexander Dennis phased it out in favour of its own Enviro200 and Enviro300. The last deliveries were in late 2010 and were 2009 season built bodies.


See alsoEdit

  Buses portal


  1. ^ a b Centro Plaxton
  2. ^ a b c Serious about buses Bus & Coach Professional 14 February 2006
  3. ^ Arriva places first fleet order for Centro Bus & Coach Professional 10 April 2006
  4. ^ Euro Bus Expo '06;New show, new vehicles Bus & Coach Professional 24 October 2006
  5. ^ Neoman update - Meridian boosts MAN Bus & Coach Professional 9 October 2007
  6. ^ Wessex Connect Adds Plaxton Centros Plaxton July 2007
  7. ^ New livery and new Volvos for Blackpool Bus & Coach Professional 10 September 2010

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