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In 1971/72 Crosville took delivery of 100 of the new RU model with Pennine bodywork numbered EPG/SPG 701-800 as a dual sourcing exercise aimed at finding a Gardner rear engined saloon as a possible alternative to the Bristol RE which Bristol couldn't deliver in sufficient quantities and was to be phased out and replaced by the Leyland National. Contemporary press reports had them returning to the manufacturer for rectification work, and Crosville hired Seddon Demonstrator and 1970 Motor Show Exhibit ABU451J which became SPG700 and in 1974 acquired SPG699 UBU72N which was based on the Seddon Pennine VII underfloor engined chassis which was later to find favour with the Scottish Bus Group with Alexander bodywork. SPG699 was obviously a better machine than the RU's as it remained in service until 1984 by which only one RU (EPG702) remained.
Photo taken by Colin Aveyard, Ken Aveyard collection, 1980's, Chester Bus Station
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