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10-12-2018, 16:42   #1
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Low Emission bus trials start today in Dublin and Cork

TFI are starting to trial some new low emissions buses in Dublin and Cork starting today. You can see them on route 9 in Dublin, and route 207a in Cork, but you can't get on them yet.

https://twitter.com/TFIupdates/statu...50602745081858

https://twitter.com/TFIupdates/statu...50960343056384

https://twitter.com/TFIupdates/statu...51470798184448
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10-12-2018, 17:17   #2
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Yay!

Difficult to find much detail on it though, any links describing specs?
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Yay!

Difficult to find much detail on it though, any links describing specs?
Absolutely nothing. It's like a massive secret. If anyone in Cork or Dublin see one of these things out in the wild, mind taking a picture?
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I heard they were meant to be on the 25a/b but they'll actually be on the 9 but they'll just be running the course of the route and not actually picking up passengers. Is there a particular reason they won't be in passenger service anytime DB have trialled buses in the past such as wheelchair accessible ones in the late 90s they ran them in passenger service.

I wonder what they'll go for in the end I'd say it will be something from Wright's similar to the SG as that would be cheaper for DB due to common parts with the bodywork.

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I heard they were meant to be on the 25a/b but they'll actually be on the 9 but they'll just be running the course of the route and not actually picking up passengers. Is there a particular reason they won't be in passenger service anytime DB have trialled buses in the past such as wheelchair accessible ones in the late 90s they ran them in passenger service.

I wonder what they'll go for in the end I'd say it will be something from Wright's similar to the SG as that would be cheaper for DB due to common parts with the bodywork.
Previous hybrid trials haven't been great so might be best to keep it OOS until they're satisfied with it. It may well be on the 25s if/when it enters service.
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Yeah, my recollection last time round with hybrids, there was frequent breakdowns. (One might have gone on fire, or was that a different bus they were testing?) They might want to break in the vehicles first before even considering running a service with'em.
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Specs would be interesting. Hybrids that don't go on fire could suit North-South routes like the 9.

Wait and see.
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Yeah, my recollection last time round with hybrids, there was frequent breakdowns. (One might have gone on fire, or was that a different bus they were testing?) They might want to break in the vehicles first before even considering running a service with'em.
It went on fire when it was sold in the UK after DB got rid of it.
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This is what is in Go-Aheads depot
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This is what is in Go-Aheads depot
Why are Go-Ahead participating in this surely they should be they should focusing keeping the drivers for their tendered services.
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Why are Go-Ahead participating in this
Because they won a tender for it.
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Interesting that they reference electric vehicles specifically, does that mean they are likely to test an all electric model?
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Because they won a tender for it.
Yes but they shouldn't have bid if they are going to be taking drivers off their PSO routes.
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Yes but they shouldn't have bid if they are going to be taking drivers off their PSO routes.
I'm sure they have spare drivers - not like a bus company only has enough drivers to run their schedule and nothing else.
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I'm sure they have spare drivers - not like a bus company only has enough drivers to run their schedule and nothing else.
True but it appears that Go-Ahead are struggling so far with the routes they've taken up. It could because of a lack of drivers. Personally I think they should be focusing on their PSO routes until they're fully up and running.
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