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24 metre bus to be tested in Stavanger. If you see a really long bus drive by at the end of June, you’re not imagining it. This summer, the king of bendy buses is scheduled to adorn the streets of Stavanger. As part of a trial to see if they’ll fit on the roads, both Veolia and Kolumbus are to test the 180-passenger Volvo bus on loan from a local transport company in Gothenburg.“Excuse me, sir, have you got a licence to drive this?”

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24 metre bus to be tested in Stavanger

Published on Wednesday, 13th May, 2009 at 00:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

If you see a really long bus drive by at the end of June, you’re not imagining it.

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Trippel leddbuss
Photo: Volvo/Veolia Transport


This summer, the king of bendy buses is scheduled to adorn the streets of Stavanger.

As part of a trial to see if they’ll fit on the roads, both Veolia and Kolumbus are to test the 180-passenger Volvo bus on loan from a local transport company in Gothenburg.

“Excuse me, sir, have you got a licence to drive this?”

As none of these buses have ever been used here before, no Norwegian drivers are qualified for the task.

“A driver from Veolia will test it out at our depot, but the bus will be driven by someone from the Swedish company on the routes where the need for one is highest” Sune Aabø Parker, Veolia’s head of communications tells The Foreigner.

Space

There is a difference of opinion as to whether or not the bus-stops are long enough to accommodate it, though.

Parker assures the public that there will be no problem but Halvor S. Karlsen, the director of Stavanger’s culture and urban development foresees problems.

“This has consequences both for traffic safety and the passengers’ ease of access” he tells Rogalands Avis.

Round the bend

Bendy buses have had problems negotiating some of the corners in London; so how will a bus that is six metres longer than these cope here?

“We know that there are roundabouts and lanes in Stavanger that are not suited to these buses”, the paper reports Kolumbus’ head of communications Karianne Haar Nedrebø as saying.

NRK Rogaland reports that trial will last for 10 days, and the bus will run on routes 1,3, and 9 between Stavanger and Sandnes.



Published on Wednesday, 13th May, 2009 at 00:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: bendy, bus, stavanger, sandnes, kolumbus, veolia, nrk, rogaland.





  
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