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New bus on trial 20 August 2003

BUS passengers may have the opportunity of travelling on a bus from East Yorkshire from tomorrow (Thursday).

The bus is being loaned to Isle of Man Transport so that it may be evaluated alongside new buses purchased over the last three years.

The bus on demonstration has a chassis manufactured by Volvo Bus and a low floor double deck body built in Wigan in Lancashire by Transbus. It is owned by East Yorkshire Motor Services and the trial has been arranged by Volvo Bus who also arranged for it to be shipped to the Isle of Man on the Ben my Chree ferry.

Isle of Man Transport intends to place an order for six new double deck buses for delivery next year. Recent purchases have been on chassis manufactured by either DAF Bus or Transbus with low floor accessible double deck bodies by East Lancashire Coachbuilders of Blackburn.

David Howard, Director of Public Transport, said: 'It is important the we evaluate available vehicle types and compare purchase prices before we are able to place orders for new vehicles for delivery in 2004. We are grateful to Volvo Bus for making this demonstration bus available to us in the Isle of Man. We look forward to comments from both the travelling public and our staff about this bus.'

The Department of Tourism and Leisure has invested 5.75million in the bus fleet over the past three years, purchasing 44 new double deck buses for the Island.

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