Scania OmniLink

The Scania OmniLink is a series of integrally constructed rear longitudinal-engined low-entry city buses available on the European market. It is a complete product built by Scania of Sweden.

Scania OmniLink
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An articulated Scania OmniLink in service with Arriva in Amsterdam.
Overview
ManufacturerScania AB
Production1998–2013
Body and chassis
Doors1 to 3 doors
Floor typeLow entry
RelatedScania OmniCity
Powertrain
Capacity39 to 64 seated
Dimensions
Length11.9m, 12.5m, 15.0m, 18.0m
Width2.5m
Height3.0m
Chronology
SuccessorScania Citywide LE
Scania Citywide LE Hybrid

The OmniLink was launched in 1998 with an inclined engine and was designated CL94UB, and an articulated version was designated CL94UA. But when the Euro IV version was introduced in 2006, the engine was no longer tilted and the designation changed to CK230UB/CK270UB/CK310UB for the rigid version.

Scania CK280UB OmniLink tri-axle bus at Showbus 2009.

Initially the bus had only been produced in left-hand drive configurations, however since 2006 right-hand drive versions had been produced and the first ones had been delivered to Nottingham City Transport (who were also first to order right-hand drive Scania OmniCitys) in 2007.[1] Nottingham City Transport also trialed 3 ethanol-fuelled OmniLinks, which were used on EcoLink 30, from Nottingham to Wollaton;[2] the trial was not a success, and the buses were later converted back to diesel.[3] The OmniLink's floor raises at the rear section, more like other UK buses, when compared to the flat floored OmniCity. Notable UK operators of the OmniLinks are National Express West Midlands, who purchased 165 [1] used on services throughout Birmingham and The Black Country along with Arriva Midlands where they were used to upgrade fleets in Tamworth and Derby.

Production of the OmniLink ceased in 2013. It was superseded by the Scania Citywide LE for left-hand drive markets and Irizar i3-bodied Scania K UBs for right-hand drive markets.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Scania – CK2xxUB OmniLink". Bus Lists on the Web. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Biofuel buses begin city trials". BBC news. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  3. ^ "End of the line for ethanol?". Coach and Bus week. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2018.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Scania OmniLink at Wikimedia Commons