©Shaan’s Transport Photos

LF69UXJ was unveiled at the UK Bus & Coach Show at the NEC, Birmingham in 2019. It was originally intended to carry the registration YX69NXL, however was registered LF69UXJ prior to entry into service.

It initially ran with HCT Group, for a grand total of 3 days. This was in late December 2019 and early January 2020. It then moved to Go-Ahead where it was used for type training prior to the introduction of their own batch on route 212. It then reappeared with HCT in late June and early July that same year, where it ran on route 20. 

It then went to Metroline where it worked route 43 for 12 days in July 2020. It disappeared until October, when it reappeared with RATP. It was used to trial electric buses on routes 71 and 281.

It disappeared once more from November 2020 until February 2021, when it appeared once again with HCT. This time it worked route 616 almost solidly, apart from one appearance on route 20. It worked it’s final London service on the 30th of March 2021.

In April 2021, it ended up with First Glasgow for testing, as they had ordered a large number. It also visited Xplore Dundee.

It moved to Go-South Coast in May that year, and was used in Southampton and Bournemouth. In June it ended up at the ITT Hub trade show, where it was on display.

Out and about with Reading Buses! ©Emma West

In July 2021, it ended up at Reading Buses, where it worked route 17. In September it was on trial with Cardiff bus.