Dennis Tridents were the first low floor double deckers introduced by the Stagecoach Group back in 1999. Many more have followed which have been manufactured by Dennis and their successors.
As from January 2017, the Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations require all buses over 21 seats used on local bus services to be fully accessible. Despite being of a low floor design, the earliest Dennis Tridents, a number of which are operated in Chesterfield, are not compliant and will therefore be withdrawn before the end of the year. It is also significant that these are the last non-compliant vehicles in the Stagecoach Yorkshire fleet.
Chesterfield’s examples (17004/7/8/9 and 17050/8) were some of the first Dennis Tridents delivered to Stagecoach London and have subsequently worked in Cambridge and Devon before being transferred into Chesterfield following the award of the contract to provide services to and from Chesterfield College in 2013.
Subject to availability, on Saturday 13th August 2016 Stagecoach Yorkshire are intending to operate as many of their Tridents as possible, during the daytime on services 25 & 84 alongside their Leyland Fleetline Open Top 15513 and the famous Stagecoach ‘Megadekka’ Leyland Olympian 14000 which is kindly being provided by Stagecoach East. One vehicle will also operate an evening journey on service 77 to Worksop and return.
Timetables for this event can be downloaded by clicking HERE and details of any additional journeys being operated by the Tridents or 14000 / 15513 will be displayed in the waiting room at the Chesterfield Coach Station on New Beetwell Street on the day.