This bus first appeared at the Euro Bus Expo, Birmingham in November 2012. It was the first MetroCity built, and was 9.9m long. It had a Cummins ISBe Euro 6 engine, with an Allsion 2100 gearbox.

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It first was on trial with Quality Line in 2014, ahead of the delivery of their 12 new Mercedes powered MetroCities. The batch was delayed, and Optare gave Quality Line MCD01 as a goodwill gesture. It was renumbered OM13 and that signalled the end of its demonstrating days.

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However that wasn’t the end of its days in London. It remained with Quality Line, and was renumbered OM20239 in the new RATP sequence. It remained with the company up until Quality Line was closed, on the 12th of June 2021, a rather fitting end to its London service.

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It had been refurbished in late April 2021, in anticipation that it would move to Go-Ahead with the other MetroCities. This never happened, as Go-Ahead rejected it, most likely due to the fact that it had a different engine to the rest.

It now resides with Go Coach, with the fleet number 5501. It was collected from RATP Hounslow on the 23rd of October 2021. It returned from repaint on the 20th of January 2022, and now sports the Go Coach colour scheme. It joins the second MetroCity built, YD63UZL (also the first 10.6m Metrocity built) which Go Coach also acquired in 2019.

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