Volvo Olympians

This page created 14th November 2006 by Ian Smith

The Volvo Olympian followed on from the Leyland Olympian when Volvo took over the ailing British company. The Olympian was a good bus, and Volvo recognised that it would fulfill a need until such time as the low-floor revolution came along. It was a stop-gap. Good though!

Many of the London companies took them, with a variety of bodywork, by Alexander and Northern Counties mainly, with one or two doorways, standard length or stretched, full height or reduced, in a range of colours.

They did not last very long in London - not because they were not appropriate, but because tendering in London required low-floor buses while they were still young. Many moved into training and contract work, while hordes fled to other companies around the country.


Bus Stop Volvo Olympians London United AV