|The 'Norfolk and good' Irisbus Agora Line on St Stephens Street|
This week's Oddball Wednesday is somewhat of a local legend, with Norfolk being famous in the enthusiast community for having such a large concentration of the type.
The Irisbus Agora Line was the successor to the Renault Agora, a very popular bus in France. Renault merged with Fiat and Iveco to form Irisbus in 1998, and later absorbed Ikarus. The British variant was introduced a joint venture between Irisbus and Optare, the latter of which completed the bodywork and interiors.
Just 23 were sold, fourteen of which were delivered new to Norfolk between 2003 and 2005 to Norfolk County Services. This was joined later by OW03FXG, originally the Optare demonstrator. On withdrawal, a large number were sold to Norfolk Green, who later went on to hunt down and purchase GX07BAU and FE52HFR, the latter originally an Irisbus demonstrator,