The Bedford JJL was the first middle-sized bus model of Bedford. It was built between 1979 and 1981.
There were only four produced, including the prototype JJL. The four were:
|VIN||Registration number in the UK||Body||Seating||Completion date|
|IRK0JL9009||AVS903T||Marshall 260251||B24F||November 1978|
|IRK0JL9011||HKX553V||Marshall 260253||B24F||November 1979|
The construction date of the first chassis indicates that this was the prototype.
The transport company in Maidstone took the JJL in 1981/1982. The buses with registration numbers UKK 335X and AVS 903T were first sold to Brighton and then to Northern Bus in Sheffield in 1992. EKX 648T also went to Brighton but was scrapped in 1988, after it had crashed a tree. In 1983, HKX 553V was sold to the local transport company in Bournemouth and then went to the Goodman Group. This is the last JJL that was in use.
In the late 1970s - early 1980s mid-sized buses were not as popular, the JJL was a pioneer of the coming boom. 10 years later, Tricentrol in Dunstable built a short verson of the Bedford YMQ chassis with the name YMQ/S. This was just like the Dennis Dart, but built in much greater numbers.