The Optare Delta is a single-decker bus body produced for the DAF SB220 chassis. They were built in a factory in Leeds. They are known for their distinctive sloping front window.
The Delta was launched in 1988. The first example to be sold to an operator came in February 1989, when independent Northern Bus bought a single vehicle which it later sold to Manchester-based Walls. Other early customers included Crosville Cymru, which took two three months later, and Ogden's Travel, which also acquired two at the same time. Reading Buses bought ten Deltas in 1990, while Northumbria Motor Services and Teesside Motor Services also bought large numbers. Potteries Motor Traction was another customer, with its first example arriving in August 1990. Blackpool Transport operated 31 vehicles from 1990-2010.
A particular model has 3 doors and raised suspension for transporting foot passengers to and from ferries to terminals.
Production of the Delta ceased in 1999. 324 were built in total.
Optare Delta in culture
An Optare Delta in all-over red livery is featured as a driveable vehicle in the PlayStation 2 game The Getaway, and its sequel The Getaway: Black Monday.
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