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The Wright Handybus was a single-decker bus body built primarily on the lower floor Dennis Dart chassis, that form it had a lower floorline, by Wrightbus between 1990 and 1995. It was also built on a small number of the higher floor Leyland Swift chassis, in which form it had a higher floorline. It has a bolted aluminium structure with two alternative windscreen styles.

Wright Handybus
Wythall Transport Museum - Dennis Dart 1995 - - 610144.jpg
West Midlands Travel Handybus bodied Dennis Dart in 1995 with flat driver's windscreen
Production1990 - 1995
AssemblyBallymena, Northern Ireland
Body and chassis
Floor typeStep entrance
ChassisDennis Dart
Leyland Swift
EngineCummins B-series (Dennis Dart)
Capacity29 to 37 seated
Length8.5m, 9.0m and 9.8m
SuccessorWright Crusader
Arriva Scotland West Handybus bodied Dennis Dart in Glasgow in April 2008 with raked driver's windscreen

The outward styling was quite plain, with a flat front. Two alternative windscreen styles were offered; some vehicles had a single-piece flat windscreen, whilst others had two separate flat windscreens with that on the driver's side raked back, reminiscent of some 1950s single-decker buses and the Leyland Lynx.

London Regional Transport was the first and also the largest customer, buying nearly 200 Handybus bodied Dennis Darts.[1][2][3] Go-Ahead Northern also bought over 80, and Ulsterbus and Citybus had 40 between them.[4] The Handybus was succeeded in 1995 by the Crusader.


A former London Regional Transport Handybus has been preserved by the London Transport Museum, Acton.[5]


  1. ^ Wright midi boosts jobs Commercial Motor 1 November 1990
  2. ^ Gold Arrow remembered at LBM heritage running day Buses issue 752 November 2017 page 10
  3. ^ Dennis Dart: the first Generation Ian's Bus Stop
  4. ^ Go-Ahead goes for Handybus Commercial Motor 3 October 1991
  5. ^ Wrightbus hands over Gold Arrow Bus & Coach Buyer 24 March 2016

External linksEdit

  Media related to Wright Handybus at Wikimedia Commons
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