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10/09/01
Bendybuses to Help London Go Continental
- Double-deckers not under threat from German vehicles

WE'VE seen trams make a come back, cycle lanes spring up all over the place and now the bendybus is to take its bow as London's streets go increasingly continental.

Traditionalists need not fear the end of the famous double-decker, however, as so far only 42 of the German-built articulated buses are on order, out of a total bus population of several thousand.

Made by Mercedes-Benz, the extra-long buses feature a kind of 'elbow' arrangement whereby they can bend around corners. Bendybuses are popular in Europe, especially Germany. They can carry more passengers than double-deckers, mainly because the latter forbid standing on the top deck, effectively wasting space.

Last week, plans were announced for a new tram line linking Brixton in south London with Camden in the north and there are also plans for trams to be re-introduced to the Uxbridge Road in west London.




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