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.
|Production||1990 - 1995|
|Assembly||Ballymena, Northern Ireland|
|Body and chassis|
|Floor type||Step entrance|
|Engine||Cummins B-series (Dennis Dart)|
|Capacity||29 to 37 seated|
|Length||8.5m, 9.0m and 9.8m|
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. Go-Ahead Northern also bought over 80, and Ulsterbus and Citybus had 40 between them. The Handybus was succeeded in 1995 by the Crusader.
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