Manx public invited to take a ride on a bendy bus

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IF you’ve been waiting to find out first-hand whether bendy buses are suitable for Manx roads, then you’re in luck.

The vehicles will be trialled on a number of routes tomorrow (Saturday), and the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure is eager to highlight the specific times due to a number of inquiries and interest from the public.

DCCL Minister Graham Cregeen MHK said: ‘We have been receiving many requests from people who would like to take part in the trial and see for themselves what the truth is about articulated buses.

‘To provide an opportunity to do this, we have scheduled an articulated bus to operate a limited number of services between Douglas and Ramsey on Saturday.’

He added: ‘The trial is providing very useful evidence to support an informed decision with regards to the suitability and safety of articulated buses on Manx roads.

‘While there have been some reliability issues due to the length of time the buses were idle, the trial is progressing well. We have encountered no major issues on the roads during school runs or positional services and the behaviour of pupils who have travelled on the articulated buses has been exemplary.’

The articulated bus will be operating on the following services:

Service 3 from Douglas to Ramsey, leaving Douglas at 9.40am

Service 3 from Ramsey to Douglas, leaving Ramsey at 10.47am

Service 5 from Douglas to Ramsey, leaving Douglas at 1.05pm

Service 3 from Ramsey bus shelter to Ramsey Cottage Hospital, leaving at 3.09pm

Service 6A from Ramsey to Douglas, leaving Ramsey at 3.55pm

Full timetables are available from iombusandrail.info

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