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Volume 7. No. 3. Winter 2010

VDL Citea -


Bus of the Year 2011

Euro Bus Test 2010

Official Catalogue RDS, Dublin 19/20 November 2010 - Complimentary


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contents NOVEMBER 2010 4 NEWS All aboard Bus Rapid Transit? • Latest Plaxton Panther • 12 Day Rule changes • Volvo Bus & Coach opens new Sales Centre • Emissions monitoring change + Bus Lane


6 PRODUCT 1 Continental Tyres • Alcoa • Optare 8 COVER VDL Citea SLF-120 ‘Bus of the Year 2011’ 10 REVIEW I 63rd Commercial Vehicles Show, Hanover, Germany


28 REVIEW II Euro Bus Expo, NEC, Birmingham 30 FIRST DRIVE Volvo 8900 31 LAUNCH PAD Wrightbus StreetLite 32 TEST Euro Bus Test 2010 36 PRODUCT 11 Neoplan • Eminox • Optare 38 COMMENT Back Seat Driver – Merits of BRT

13 COACH & BUS SHOW 2010 • Official Event Guide • Welcome note • Exhibitors profiles • Floor Plan • Interview with Gerry Mullins – CEO CTTC


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BUS LANE Anchor Tours secures Scania! Dundalk based Anchor Tours recently took delivery of a new Scania Irizar PB 6x2*4. The 13.9 metre tri-axle coach has a 59+1+1 seat layout and is powered by Scania’s 340 hp engine mated to a 6-speed ZF autobox and Integral Retarder. It was purchased from Westward Scania.

Envy Dublin Mini Coaches UNVI! Dublin Mini Coaches has purchased a new UNVI GT Mercedes-Benz Vario 816 from MUTEC, Dublin. As well as 29 Grand Rally seats with special trim, matching Dublin Mini Coaches' corporative colours, the midi-coach is adapted to standing passengers following the new EC Directive 2001/85. It has two destination displays, air conditioning, and a radio/PA/CD system coupled to a DVD player displaying through a LCD monitor. According to Dublin Mini Coaches’ MD Stephen Millar, the new vehicle is “Probably the nicest bus we have ever bought, so well done to UNVI and their team.”

BRT to shuttle into Dublin?


us Rapid Transit (BRT), popular in parts of the UK, Brazil and Turkey is set to arrive in Dublin in the not too distant future. Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council along with a number of other interested parties has put forward a viable proposal to establish the South East Dublin Rapid Transit Service. Called ‘BlueLine’, it is envisaged that the project is included in the transport strategy for the Greater Dublin area currently being drawn up by the National Transport Authority. BlueLine will run from St. Vincent’s University Hospital (Nutley Lane) to the Sandyford Business Estate via University College, Dublin. According to Owen Keegan, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Manager, “it will offer a high quality, high-frequency, high-capacity public transport service featuring all the benefits of a fi xed-rail tram system with the flexibility of being able to drive on the road. It will ensure safe, quick and dependable journey times, therefore improving connectivity and reducing dependence on private car travel in South East Dublin.” The proposed new service will provide a high quality public transport link between the DART, Bus and LUAS services. Ten stations will be provided along the set route with one service every six minutes at peak times. Operating 18 hours a day it is estimated that the new system will carry in excess of 1,000 passengers per direction per hour. Although an actual vehicle supplier has not been named, the ftr designed and m a nu f ac t u re d by WrightBus in Ballymena is successfully operated

in York (UK) and Las Vegas in the USA. Similar to the LUAS, passengers will have easy access from multiple doors and real-time information displays, off-board tickets and shelters. “BlueLine is a very exciting development in public transport in Dublin. It can deliver a quality service, which is very close to that of light rail in terms of journey time, operating hours, frequency, reliability and comfort but at a significantly lower cost. A detailed assessment of the project shows that it can be built for around €33m and that it offers excellent ‘value for money’. Th is makes it a very appropriate public investment in the current difficult economic climate,” added Owen Keegan. Pictured here with Cllr Lett ie McCarthy, An Cathaoirleach Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. The promoters of this project which includes Dún Laoghaire and Dundrum County Councils, Beacon South Quarter, UCD, St. Vincent’s Hospital, RTE and the Merrion Centre have set up Public Information Centres at their premises where members of the public can view the project and submit comments. A website has also been developed –

Generation II – Plaxton Panther unleashed! Foxhound finds comfort in Van Hool Alizee Foxhound Travel Ltd. (Monaghan) has chosen the pedigree Van Hool Alizee built on a Scania chassis for its coach tour service. It has a 49+1+1 reclining seat layout that can also be converted to 53 seats when required. It is powered by Scania’s 340 hp engine with a ZF 6-speed automated transmission and integral retarder.


porting a new ‘feline’ look the latest generation of the Panther range of 12.8m and 15m coaches also features improvements in technology and materials. Based on a choice of Volvo bus chassis, the new Panther offers not only savings in weight over the previous generation, the 12.8 metre for example is up to 5% lighter, but modifications made to the drivetrain deliver significant benefits in fuel consumption, maintenance costs and downtime. The range will be launched with a 12.8m based on the Volvo B9R and the 15 metre built on the new Volvo B13RT. Significantly, the new Panther has been designed to comply with both domestic COIF standards as well as Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA). Kevin Wood, Sales Director explains, “We are conscious that the introduction

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of W VTA will mean some compromise for operators in terms of seating layout and overall capacity. We have seen something of an upturn in interest in many of the types which will disappear next year, 57 and 70 seats in 12m vehicles for instance, so it made sense to cater for those customers who will take the opportunity to buy many of these variants for the last time.”


12-Day-Rule Regulation Amended


hanges to the European Communities Regulations dealing with tachographs and driver’s hours includes a new SI – Statutory Instrument that amends the regulation for drivers involved in International Coach tours. No changes are being made to the actual driving time, breaks and rest rules other than making provision for derogation to give effect to the ’12-Day-Rule’ for occasional International coach services.

According to the Road Safety Authority (RSA), “the provision allows a driver engaged in a single occasional service of International carriage (coach tour) to postpone the weekly rest period for up to 12 consecutive 24 hour periods following a previous regular weekly rest period to certain provisions.” The new Statutory Instrument Regulation that includes 1073/2009 (Article 29) will enable the RSA and the Gardai to enforce this provision.

Volvo Bus & Coach Sales Centre moves from Loughborough to Coventry


ver 20 years ago Volvo Bus established itself through the purchase of Yates of Loughborough. Irish customers of Volvo Buses & Coaches will be familiar with this sales and service centre for the Swedish brand down through the years. Now to service a broader customer base and growing product range, a new purpose-built Bus & Coach Sales Centre in Coventry has opened.

to inspect with ease in the spacious display areas and carry out test drives. Stephen Barber, CPT UK’s Director of Coaching, is pictured officially opening the Volvo Bus & Coach Sales Centre in Coventry, with Nick Page, Volvo Coach Sales Director.

Cent ra l ly located on Middlemarch Business Park, just off the main A46, close to Coventry Airport, the new Volvo Bus & Coach Sales Centre is situated at Siskin Parkway East. The 2.5 acres site has undergone extensive refurbishment to provide modern offices, reception, a visitor’s entrance area and a meeting room. It can accommodate 74 buses and coaches with every Volvo model available for customers

New evaluation system for reducing HGV/PSV emissions


ith a view to providing operators with a tool that determines the most efficient vehicle for their specific transport needs, various European bus and truck manufacturers have carried out an initiative that enables them to offer a harmonised emissions evaluation system. In this respect, they have developed a calculation system that uses computer simulations based on real tests with buses and trucks of different categories. Another of the objectives pursued by this group of manufacturers, in association with ACEA, is to provide legislators at the European Union with a more precise overview of the situation regarding passenger and freight transport under the heading of emissions, especially in relation to future restrictive policies that are planned by the European Union in this respect.

Th is monitoring tool aims to provide a more precise reflection of emissions levels depending on the function and purpose of the vehicle in question, taking into account factors such as its size, its shape, the function it performs, the load it carries, its speed and the distances covered, not to mention the number of stops it is required to make. The emissions tables will, therefore, be calculated in terms of grams of CO2 per tonne and per kilometre (cubic metres and kilometres in the case of freight) and in terms of passengers per kilometre, based on parameters such as the combination of engine and gearbox performance, aerodynamics and tyre specifications.

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Continental’s first ever all-round winter tyre


hile safety is always a top priority in coach travel, varying road surfaces, quiet running, comfort and economy also play important roles in daily passenger transport operations. With all these factors in mind Continental has developed a brand new all-round winter tyre for the coach market – the HSW 2 COACH. Th is new tyre ensures maximum safety for passengers and the vehicle in a wide range of conditions. The numerous sipes reaching down to the base of the tread guarantee a high level of traction on wintry roads during the whole life of the tyre.

The new HSW 2COACH tyres are suitable for use on all axles of the coach thanks to their unique tread pattern design which gradually evolves into a conventional grooved pattern so that the tyre can be used in Spring and Summer. Th is not only removes the costs of changing and storing tyres on a seasonal basis but also gives operators the flexibility to travel anywhere in Europe at any time of year.

structure of the new tyree with its large number of three-dimensional sipes and the omission of a block structure in the pattern effectively reduces the running noise caused by the higher speeds.

Available in the size 295/80 R 22.5 for use on all coach axles the contour and structure of the casing have been configured for coaches higher driving speeds, while the closed rib tread

Alcoa’s weight-saving wheels for bus & coach


ith over 60 years experience in forging aluminium wheels Alcoa is constantly working on new technologies to meet customers’ needs. The A mer ica n headqua r tered world leader in this sector, with European facilities in Hungary and Belgium, design and manufacture forged alloys for trucks, trailers and buses. For passenger transport Alcoa produce the lightest wheels on the market. Compared to traditional steel wheels, weight savings of between 100 kg (for a 2-axle bus) and 140 kg (for a 3-axle bus).

loading capacity and decreasing fuel consumption. Savings on tyres are also considerable, due to the

high thermal conductivity of aluminium and the perfect roundness of the wheels. The use of these wheels also increases the life duration of brakes and suspension,” explained Serge Timmermans, Commercial Director Europe. “Under extreme conditions, it is durability that sets Alcoa wheels apart. Approved tests have shown these wheels to be the strongest ones available. They have passed mechanical load tests with loads four times higher than steel wheels,” he added. All Alcoa wheels come with a 5-year warranty, without any limitations on mileage and are 100% recyclable.

“Alcoa wheels save weight on your vehicles, thus increasing

Optare Eco Drive Dashboard – a big hit!


ptare’s Eco Drive Dashboard has won the Passenger Transport Categor y in the annual Chartered Institute of Transport & Logistics Awards. Speaking to the audience at the Gala Dinner in London, Optare’s Commercial Director Glenn Saint said, “Th is is a strong endorsement with the judges clearly recognising the benefits of a system that enables continuous driver behaviour monitoring to take place and the information to be used to improve safety and deliver better fuel efficiency. Congratulations must also go to the team at Actia, our strategic partner in the project.”

Developed in just over 12 months and now a standard feature on all new Optare buses, the Eco Drive Dashboard aims to improve driving standards by displaying key information to drivers in a simple and easy-to-follow format. A coloured bar chart, which uses a green/ amber/red colour coding system, shows at a glance when instances of harsh braking or acceleration occur. When the Optare Eco Drive Dashboard was first trialled, the results showed fuel savings of between 10% and 15% and these figures are now being confi rmed as increasing numbers of buses fitted with the system enter service.

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VDL Citea – Bus of the Year 2011


ollowing its participation in the Bus Euro Test 2010 held in the Romanian capital Bucharest, the Citea SLF-120 Low Floor City Bus from VDL Bus & Coach emerged as winner of the much-coveted title ‘Bus of the Year 2011’. On accepting the Award at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show Gala Banquet in Hanover, Rémi Henkemans, Managing Director of VDL Bus & Coach, is proud of the product and his team, "Being awarded the ‘Bus of the Year 2011’ title shows that we and our products are among the European elite. This award demonstrates to International passenger transport firms our know-how and expertise in the field of city buses.” The jury of ‘Bus of the Year 2011’ consisting of trade journalists from 19 European countries including Ireland’s Sean Murtagh, Fleet Bus & Coach, all agreed that the Citea was above all a well- balanced, harmonious bus for city transport that performs admirably on all aspects. “The bus provides the passengers with every comfort, and the driving characteristics are of high quality,” stated Sean. The VDL Citea, which can accommodate up to 100 passengers, is an innovative low-floor city bus. Its lightweight construction offers excellent carrying capacity, saves on fuel and reduces emissions. The repair and maintenance-friendly construction of this low-floor bus reduces workshop times. Impressive International sales figures confirm the advanced design of the Citea city bus, as VDL Bus & Coach has secured a large number of orders for this newcomer. These include the RTA (Road and Transport Authority) in Dubai placing an order for no fewer than 518 Citea city buses. This order, worth millions, is the largest single order in the history of VDL Group. The order from the Belgian Company of TEC (Transport en Commun) for 217 Citeas, dating from March of this year, is currently


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causing a high degree of capacity utilisation in the production plants. TEC opted for the Citea CLF, which is 12 metres long and has an EEV engine. These low-floor buses will be deployed in four cities and regions. The VDL Bus & Coach’s Citea comprises a complete range of urban and regional buses. Low-floor constructions, a high degree of modularity, compact dimensions and a great manoeuvrability make the Citea extremely well suited for the demanding conditions of city and intercity transport. VDL Bus & Coach’s many years of experience in producing lightweight constructions were called upon during the development of this bus. As a result, the Citea’s weight is at a minimum, without being at the expense of durability, life span or the residual value. Even better, this means that the Citea benefits from the advantages of a low weight such as high passenger capacity, lower fuel consumption and less maintenance costs.

VDL Citea 6x2 in production

Owing to the different length variants, the variety of single-leaf and double-leaf doors and the possible combinations of them, a custom built vehicle can be supplied that meets any carrier’s requirements. Cummins 6.7 litre ISB6 Euro 5 EEV engine offers a choice of 205 or 225 hp mated to either a Voith or ZF automatic transmission. One can feel the inner values of the Citea straight away. The low-floor construction ensures the best possible accessibility for wheelchair users and passengers with baby buggies. Thanks to the large windows and a light colour scheme the interior has a spacious, inviting feel to it. Safety and comfort for the driver are also important aspects on the Citea. The driver’s area is spacious and has a modern layout. This design results in excellent instrument visibility and a wide field of vision, enabling the driver to do his or her job conveniently and comfortably.


VDL Bus & Coach – MOVE. TOGETHER Comfort, Safety and Reliability comes to the fore as a driver or passenger on a VDL Bus & Coach City Bus, regional bus or coach. Developed and produced in the Netherlands and Belgium, VDL Bus & Coach is a subsidiary of VDL Group. With a total of 79 operating companies in 16 countries and over 6,800 employees VDL Bus & Coach vehicles are characterised by a dynamic design, proven technical functionality, top quality materials, fuel saving lightweight construction and low maintenance costs. Within Europe, VDL Bus & Coach is one of the youngest bus and coach manufacturers in the marketplace. Established by Pieter Van de Leegte in 1953, the family run company evolved from the VDL Bus Group and continued to market the many renowned brands it had acquired over the years

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such as DAF bus, Jonckheere, Berkhof, Kusters and Bova. “Together we possess many decades of experience in the construction of buses and coaches,” says the confident CEO of VDL Bus & Coach, Rémi Henkemans. “We are bus and coach builders in heart and soul, and will continue to be so in the future.” Despite the down-turn, VDL Bus & Coach concentrated primarily for the future in the endeavour to become one of the top three bus/ coach manufacturers in all of Europe. The new strategy called MOVE.TOGETHER is more than a slogan as it unites the various subsidiaries. From now on, all VDL Bus & Coach products will display the VDL logo.

“The brand name VDL stands for comfortable, economical vehicles that always safely bring the passengers to their destination. Furthermore, the driver of a VDL bus and coach always has a modern and carefully thought-out VDL Bus & Coach Citea SLF-120 workplace,” added Rémi. Cummins/SB6.7E 205/225B Euro 5 EEV 6.7 litre 6 cylinder-in-line “As a bus and coach 205 or 225 hp manufacturer, VDL Bus 750 Nm/850 Nm @ 1200-1700 rpm & Coach is in close contact Voith or ZF automatic with its International 12,000 mm (12 m) customers. Only together 2,550 mm (2.55 m) can we continue to meet 3,020 mm (3.02 m) – incl. roof air-con the demands placed on 6,000 mm (6 m) modern vehicles. The 2,600 mm (2.6 m) VDL customer receives 3,400 mm (3.4 m) efficient products that 2,420 mm (2.42 m) provide good market 21,180 mm (21.18 m) opportunities, now and 10,500 kg +/- (10.5 tonnes) in the future.” 19,000 kg (19 tonnes) 100 +/-

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ZF contributes to VDL’s Citea success World leading component supplier ZF played its part in the VDL Citea CLF 120 winning the coveted Bus of the Year 2011. The award winning low-floor bus uses the ZF Ecomat 6-speed automatic transmission and is also equipped with ZF axles featuring independent suspension. Evaluation criteria for the Euro Bus Test in Bucharest, the Romanian capital included the vehicle’s suitability for daily use and their cost-effectiveness. “Here, ZF components and systems make a valuable contribution to the positive rating achieved by the VDL Citea,” said a ZF press spokesman. “It was in particular the cost-effective ZF Ecomat 6-speed automatic transmission which successfully played off its advantages in demanding inner-City traffic. ZF’s low-floor axles increase passenger comfort; after all, they allow for barrier-free passage through the passenger compartment and more travel comfort,” he concluded.

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63rd Commercial Vehicles Show


lmost 2,000 exhibitors from 40 different countries displayed their products and services at the 63rd Commercial Vehicles Show (IAA) in Hanover at the end of September. While no-one would dare say the industry is fully back on its feet, there was a feeling of optimism around the Exhibition, and while most agreed that the crisis is over it will be a slow return to stability. Organised by the

German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) it was estimated that well over a quarter of a million people would visit the Show. Fleet’s Jarlath Sweeney, Sean Murtagh and Ron Van Dieten were there to see fi rst hand how our industry is pulling itself out of recession and facing the challenge of preserving our planet.




Popular with Irish and UK operators the Probus 850 continues to be a favourite. Available now with a Cummins Euro 5 ISB6 engine and ZF 65 1010 manual gearbox BMC continues to upgrade this 35-seater luxury coach. An automatic transmission option is also available in the latest model. Thanks to some clever engineering under-floor luggage space has been increased to 45m3.

An increased focus on fuel economy has been the driving force behind a new range of turbochargers launched by Cummins at the IAA in Hanover. Having assembled an International team of engineers based in the UK, China and India it has produced a new type turbo which features a unique sliding wall which allows the turbo to increase the chamber temperature which makes the particulate regenerator more efficient.

Using the slogan ‘Trucks for the World’ Daimler Bus claims that no other manufacturer is more committed to enhancing our environment. Daimler, the biggest exhibitor at the Show, has seen the market turn and steady growth is now evident. It took the opportunity to showcase the new 3-axle Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 77 midibus as a new flagship in the small urban bus range.

King Long


Entering the European market in 2000 King Long was the fi rst Chinese manufacturer to arrive. It now has five models in its range. Well over 1,000 King Long vehicles are on European roads today. At the Show, UK based company Arriva signed a contract to deliver 200 low floor buses to their operation in Malta. King Long hopes that this order will lead to more sales in other countries where Arriva operates.

MAN presented a new downsized CNG engine which offers a better power to weight ratio while its subsidiary Neoplan premiered the new generation Skyliner Double Decker with enhanced safety features. At 13.99 metres, this coach offers a higher seating capacity and a larger luggage space volume than its predecessor.





Setra’s commitment to passenger comfort has been the driving force behind the development of new seats for its coaches. A new lightweight design gives maximum comfort with outstanding safety. A feature of the new seats, which are standard on the Comfort Class 400 model is an easy to use pivoting design for folding away the armrest. The Daimler luxury coach brand is heading in 2011 with a facelift on all models.

Polish manufacturers which enjoys 50% of the market in their home Country are now making inroads into Western Europe. This year, for example Solaris will deliver 200 vehicles to Scandinavia. At the IAA it launched the Urbino 18 Hybrid. 18m long and with 3 axles it is fi xed with a Cummins Euro 5 engine. The vehicle does not have a gearbox and uses a traction system similar to a trolley bus.

Last year at Busworld Kortrijk Show Scania launched a touring coach built in China in association with Higer and subsequently driven by Fleet Bus & Coach. The 6x2 version pictured is now available for sale in Europe. Using Scania's quality build process, the new coach has full Scania warranty and support. As yet there has not been a defi nitive word on the introduction of a right hand drive model.


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Otokar says that if it were not for the industry downturn it would be present in the Irish market by now. Exhibiting nine vehicles on its stand the star of Show for them was the Territo. Powered by a Deutz 290 hp engine it is built on a 12m chassis. Now employing 1,200 people at its manufacturing plant new Istanbul, Turkey, Otokar buses are operating in most countries in Western Europe.


2010 – IAA, Hanover, Germany Super Bus A concept vehicle developed by the Delhi University of Technology in The Netherlands attracted a lot of attention. Made of carbon the Super Bus is the same width and length as a normal bus but about one third of the height. With seating for 35 passengers its aerodynamic shape makes it very efficient. 16 GullWing doors allow easy access with little interference to other passengers. Electrically powered it has a range of 200 kms. So far €9 million has been invested in the project. In this concept the vehicle will operate on its own specific route for the centre section of its journey joining the normal traffic to pick up and drop off passengers.

VDL Bus of the Year 2011 Citea took centre stage on the VDL Stand. Its outstanding feature is its lightweight construction. Its popularity is endorsed by the fact that over five hundred are being delivered to Dubai over a twelve month period. Sporting the Group’s new brand logo VDL the Citea attracted plenty of attention.

Futura is the new coach presented by VDL in Hanover for the European market. Two and three axle chassis are available at 12.9m and 13.9m respectively. Using a DAF driveline including the AS-Tronic auto transmission passenger comfort is assured. Built as an integral coach VDL say this is the starting point for a new modular product family of coaches.


Van Hool

Turkish manufacturer Temsa has launched a midi coach, which will certainly turn heads with the newly designed MD9. With generous luggage space of 5m and a maximum seating for 40 people the new MD9 will give operators a competitive advantage. Temsa has manufacturing plants in Turkey and Egypt and 35% of its export business is sold in Europe.

A new A330 Hybrid, the Atlino and Atlon dominated the Van Hool stand. The Hybrid has its diesel engine fitted vertically to the rear left of the vehicle while the Atlino has all the properties of the Atlon except that its floor height is limited to 860mm.



Yutong Bus

Viseon, established by former Neoplan executives premiered a number of new models such as the LDD14 Double Decker low f loor that accommodates up to 135 passengers. It can have 2 or 3 entry doors. The C10 is its fi rst 10.4m midicoach while the C13 Premium Coach is 12.7m in length on 2 axles.

Since the MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Group took over Volkswagen’s South American Commercial Vehicle Division, much investment has been made in updating existing models from both its truck and bus/coach range.

Direct from China Zhengzhov Yutong Bus Co. Ltd, was established in 1993 and looks to Europe for growth potential. Last year sales reduced almost 30,000 units with 10% dedicated to the export market. Its aim is to become the stand-alone number one bus industry company in China and a main international bus supplier.

Volvo Volvo’s new Intercity 8900 meets the requirements of operators when it comes to choosing a new vehicle that is fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. Built from an aluminium process the new lightweight body has dramatically improved the fuel performance. With fibreglass being used for the side panels it gives the added advantage of fuel efficiency and economical repairs. Overall the weight of the newer models is up to 200 kg less.

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smart move, a joint industry effort to increase the use of buses and coaches worldwide Welcome to Coach & Bus Show 2010! There are many reasons to celebrate this year’s show. Many thought it wouldn’t happen because of the economic difficulties in Ireland and Britain at present. But it is happening, and it is a success. That we could run a successful show in the dark days of 2010 suggests that we can run a successful show in any year. We are confident that the future of the Coach & Bus Show is secure. That the show has been in operation since 2000 is a credit to past and present members of the Coach Tourism & Transport Council (CTTC), and a loyal group of suppliers to the industry. We are grateful to all of this year’s exhibitors, and the volunteers including Willie Martin and his team who have installed the vehicles; Cheryl Halpenny for organising the Gala Dinner; and the CTTC Executive under the Chair of Paddy Kavanagh who have provided their counsel. When we mooted the idea of the Tourism Village, we had litt le reason to expect it to be as successful as it is today. However, Fáilte Ireland saw its potential and underwrote enough of our costs to ensure that the idea could grow in confidence. At the time of writing more than 60 businesses and organisations have taken stands, and there have been many calls to run the Tourism Village as a stand alone event next year. We are grateful also to RSA Insurance and Campion Insurance for their fi nancial support, and Taylors Th ree Rock and The Merry Ploughboys who provided the entertainment for the Gala Dinner. Thanks to all and let’s enjoy this show.

Gerry Mullins Coach & Bus Show Director - Coach Tourism & Transport Council (CTTC)

The objective of Smart Move is to raise the awareness and place bus and coach transport at the centre of the political attention as an optimal response to current and future mobility and travel challenges. Smart Move promotes the intrinsic qualities of bus and coach travel at a global, national and local level. Smart Move is open for support and contribution to all bus and coach stakeholders, who share the vision and objectives of the campaign.

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Buses and coaches: the smart mobility choice The global Smart Move, campaign to double the use of collective passenger transport by bus and coach marks its 1st anniversary. Graham Smith, Vice President of the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and President of the IRU Passenger Transport Council, said, “Today more than ever, societies and economies need what our industry actually offers: an optimal solution to current and future mobility and travel challenges. Bus and coach transport is almost always the most safe, green, efficient, user-friendly and affordable transport choice, on short and long distances alike. We are proud of this outstanding performance and are eager to do even better and see politicians make the most of it when designing transport policies. This is what Smart Move is all about: raising policy makers’ awareness that the solution they are looking for is at their fingertips.”

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COACH & BUS SHOW 2010 - EXHIBITORS ADTEC AERAUTO LIMITED Tel: + 353 46 9055126 Email: Stand: S13 Adtec Aerauto Limited is the sole agent for ZF Truck & Bus and Off-Road equipment, i.e. transmissions, axles and steerings and is the ‘Approved Repair

Centre’ for Eaton Transmissions for all 32 counties. In addition Adtec Aerauto holds the Allison transmission agency for the 26 counties. Adtec operates its own remanufacturing workshop along with a 4 bay vehicle service area offering customers a complete service. This provides a ‘one stop shop’ for diagnostics, remove, repair and refit. To compliment

its in-house activities Adtec also provides a range of Field Service Vehicles complete with all relevant diagnostic equipment, to diagnose and repair any faults, either in-house or off-site.

AMBER VALLEY DEVELOPMENTS Tel: 0044 116 240 2968 Email: Web: Stand: S9 Amber Valley Developments is Europe’s leading manufacturer and distributor of reversing safety equipment. Headquartered in Leicestershire, UK, it has developed a range of products to suit the exact requirements of its

many Original Equipment Manufacturers and distribution customers throughout the world. The design and manufacture of our products is done in-house, including our main product range of reverse alarms. Available in various housings, decibel ratings and frequencies, (including various language types for speech alarms). One of the latest additions to the alarm range is the new Sideminder system which notifies pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists that a vehicle is intending to turn left / right.

With over 400 people killed each year throughout Europe in nearside accidents, this equipment is essential for the safety conscious fleet and can be programmed in any language.From alarms through to battery management, bespoke housings through to niche electrical products, if you need it, Amber Valley Developments can supply!

AUTOGLASS LoCall 1850 88 77 08. Our dedicated Specials team will arrange for our mobile technicians to visit you 24/7. Stand: S21 AutoglassŽ Specials is a specialist division of AutoglassŽ - Ireland’s leading vehicle glass repair

and replacement expert. AutoglassÂŽ Specials focuses solely on the needs of specialist sectors including both the coach and bus markets. AutoglassÂŽ Specials understand that keeping vehicle down-time to a minimum is essential to keeping businesses profitable. It is why AutoglassÂŽ ensure service is not only of the highest quality, but also incredibly efficient. With

a dedicated fleet of fully-equipped mobile units manned by specialist technicians you can rely on AutoglassÂŽ Specials to get vehicles operational as quickly as possible.

AUTOGLYM Tel: 046 955 8004 Email: Web: Stand: S37 Autoglym products are to be found in all areas of automotive activity and are as equally suited to the professional user, the vehicle exhibition

enthusiast and the family car owner. The Autoglym Professional Range is used in over 40 countries by motor manufacturers, distributors, bodyshops, valeting companies and road transport operators. Continuous research and development has created products that most exactly meet the needs of the professional, providing the best possible results at minimum cost, whilst paying particular

attention to environmental and personal safety issues. A little regular care and attention will help retard ageing and minimise wear and tear on external and internal surfaces. All Autoglym Premium Car Care products are technically advanced, quick and easy to use and give you the finest results possible.

AUTOSOUND LTD Tel: 00 44 1274688990 Email: Web: www. Stand: S31 Established in the mid-1960s, Autosound Ltd distribute numerous products to the European bus

and coach industry. These include Bosch audio/video equipment, Blaupunkt car audio, Funtoro video on demand (aircraft style) LCD seat back entertainment systems, Icomera WiFi routers,Transvu CCTV digital transport security systems, and Funkwerk hands-free heavy duty mobile phone kits. Products are stored at its warehouse in Bradford. Autosound offers a next

day delivery on any item that is stocked. Launched at the Show are the Transvu range of CCTV DVR and camera equipment. A working version of the new Funtoro system will be on display during the Coach & Bus Show.

AVEGO Tel: 021 2349009 Email: Web: www. Stand: S18 Avego™ is a global provider of software, hardware and professional services for improving the efficiency of

passenger transportation. Using GPS, web and mobile technologies, Avego’s real-time information systems make seat capacity known and available to passengers, provide convenient ticket purchasing options, and enable extensive reporting capabilities.Avego’s transportation expertise spans national customers as diverse as Transport for London, the Ministries of

Transport for the UK and the Netherlands, Cities and Public tTransport operators from the United States to India, and thousands of individual consumers and private transport operators.

A.W. COACH AND BUS SERVICES LTD. Tel: 045 858767 Email: Web: Stand: S4

AW Coach and Bus Services started trading in 2007 as a web-based Operators and Related Services Directory together with a Coach Sales section. This was quickly followed up with a quarterly booklet, distributed free to all operators in the country. We

have also added some specialist supplies to our service, e.g. Tachograph rolls, fascias, clothing, etc. all at very competitive prices and are continually looking to add new items to our product line.

AXA IRELAND INSURA NCE Tel: 01 4711647 Email: peter.o’ Web: Stand: S30 Axa Insurance has been insuring buses and coaches

in lreland for over 40 years. If offers competitive rates to bus operators and can be contacted through any of our 41 branches or through its broker network. Look at what’s on offer: • 60% maximum no claims discount • Open driving (25 - 70) included in premium • 5 or 10 month payment plans • 24 hour

claims service - 1890 24 7 365 • Designated garages to deal with accident repairs • Deal directly with AXA - 41 branches nationwide • Stand alone employer and public liability cover available.



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COACH & BUS SHOW 2010 - EXHIBITORS BARTONS MAYNOOTH Tel: 01 6286338 Email: Web: Stand: L19a Bartons Maynooth is one of Ireland’s leading coach companies. With over 40 years experience in the

PSV industry Barton’s name is synonymous with excellence in service and after-sales care. In these difficult economic times it is more important than ever to make the right decision in purchasing a coach. As a large fleet operator Bartons has the insight into what customers need. At Coach & Bus 2010 Bartons displays a VDL SB4000 Berkhoff, VDL SB4000

Hispano and a Mercedes-Benz Plaxton Cheetah as a selection of our new coach sales. Details of its Used Coaches are also available.

BRIAN NOONE LTD. Tel: 01 6286311 Email: Web: www. Stand: L14 Based in Maynooth, County Kildare (just off the N4)

Brian Noone Ltd. established for over forty years is one of Ireland’s leading Coach and Bus Specialists. Brian Noone Ltd is once again exhibiting its wide range of products and services at the Coach & Bus Show in the RDS and is delighted to premier two new models to the Irish marketplace. Making their debuts

are the new Indcar Wing (Mercedes-Benz) and new Beulas Stella (Mercedes-Benz). “Both Midi-coaches are built to the highest standards in Europe and offer a high specification as standard,� says Mark Noone, Brian Noone Ltd.

CAMPION INSURA NCE Tel: 0818 223 224 Email: Web: www. Stand: S7 & S8 Campion Insurance is the largest bus and coach insurance specialist in Ireland, providing a ‘One-

Stop-Shop’ solution for bus and coach operators throughout the Country. Packages Include: Motor Insurance; Unlimited Passenger Liability; Third Party Property Damage; Open Driving 25-70; Employers Liability; Public Liability; Personal Accident cover for Drivers. Campion Insurance can: Review your current

offering; Provide you with the Best Advice; Search the Market for the best policy and price for your needs; Arrange Cover and Finance if required; Manage any claims in a discreet and professional way.

CLARKE AUTO WASH LTD Tel: 01 6233631 / 087 2595519 Email: Web: Stand: S45 &S46 Clarke Auto Wash Ltd, an exhibitor at the Dublin Coach & Bus Show since its inception in 2002, is

one of the leading companies in Ireland supplying vehicle wash equipment. We supply The Magnum three brush rollover bus wash manufactured by Christ Wash Systems, Germany and The Bravo mobile single brush wash by Iteco, Italy. We provide a full installation and maintenance service on all our equipment on a nationwide basis. Come and visit our

stand, see the full range of Iteco equipment and we would be delighted to give you a live demonstration of our equipment outside in the Car Park of the RDS. This year we offer special deals on orders placed at the Show.

COYLES Tel: 047 87986 Email: Web: Stand: S34 Established in 1985, Seamus Coyle Ltd has provided private and commercial vehicle crash repair, paint

and graphics facilities at their purpose built workshop at Carrickroe, Emyvale, County Monaghan. Coyles are proud of its company’s reputation for customer service and quality of workmanship. Specialising in coaches, semi trailers, trucks, horse boxes, vans and cars its industrial paint ovens can accommodate the longest road-going vehicle. Range of quality

paint from leading suppliers, DuPont, Sikkens and Glasurite. Imagery for full scale graphics from car to HGV. Working with all major insurance and fleet management companies. Flexible hours to guarantee a quick turnaround.

CTTC (The Coach Tourism & Transport Council of Ireland) Tel: 086 0209727 Email: Web: The Coach Tourism & Transport Council (CTTC) is the representative body for the independent

coach and bus operators of Ireland. It represents its members’ interests with regard to coach tourism, scheduled services, private hire and school transport. The CTTC sits on the board of the Integrated Ticketing Scheme and various advisory committees relating to Real Time Passenger Information, transport accessibility and

Fåilte Ireland’s coach approvals system. Meetings are held monthly and sometimes involve a social dinner and an overnight stay. The CTTC has organised the Coach & Bus Show since 2000. New members welcome.

DERMOT CRONIN MOTORS LTD Tel: 021 4309090 Email: Web: Stand L15 Van Hool is one of the largest independent manufacturers of full-size PSV vehicles in Western Europe. Dermot Cronin Motors in Cork has enjoyed

over 30 years of experience with the Belgian brand, and is the sole distributor of Van Hool T9 Integral Coaches in Ireland and stockist for Van Hool parts. It’s factory-trained technicians service all versions. Showcased is the popular T916 Acron, Tri-axle 13.2 m coach powered by PACCAR MX 340 Euro 5 engine with ZF AS-Tronic transmission, independent suspension, disc brakes, automatic air-con, 57 Grand

Luxe recliners and toilet plus 12.5 m3 of underfloor luggage space. Another exhibit is the 10.5 metre T911 Alicron powered by a PACCAAR PR265 Euro 5 engine and ZF Economat transmission.

DISTINCTIVE SYSTEMS Tel: 0044 1904 692269 Email: Web: www. Stand: S10 Distinctive Systems has been established for 28 years and has supplied over 2,000 systems to

operators throughout the world. Its industry leading all Microsoft SQL Server based soft ware range consists of: Coach Manager - A start to finish solution for the management of private hire and contract bookings. Tour Booking System - A complete management solution for individual passenger reservations

on extended tours, day excursions and express services. Vehicle Maintenance System - A workshop management package specifically designed for coach and bus operators and provides inspection planning, defect reporting, job cards and workshop control.



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COACH & BUS SHOW 2010 - EXHIBITORS EBERSPACHER (UK) LTD Tel: 0044 1425 480 151 Email: Web: www. Stand: S32

Eberspacher (UK) Ltd is the market leader in the supply of heating, air conditioning and climate control systems to the van, minibus, midibus and coach market in the UK and Ireland. They will be exhibiting a range of their products which

are backed up by over 70 UK/Ireland dealers plus a European wide dealer network. Visit Eberspacher (UK) Ltd on Stand S32.

ECODRIVE Tel: 01 230 5018 Email: Web:

residual values. Cost effective: ECOdrive pays for itself with 250-350 litres saved (depending on prices).

Fuel costs are up 18% and eating your profits: ECOdrive delivers sustained savings, by focusing

on fuel efficiency, as key operator training within a structured approach to energy and fuel management. Proven by coach and bus drivers around Ireland, ask ECOdrive for case studies.The benefits: Fuel savings of 5-15%, average of 7% in practice, varies with vehicle, duty cycle. Reduced wear and tear on your vehicles, leading to higher

EVO BUS UK Tel: 0044 24 7662 6067 Email: Web: Stand: L18 EvoBus (UK) Ltd represents exclusively Setra & Mercedes-Benz in the UK and Irish market,

specialising in the Sales and After Sales of the two brands. The Coventry based company is a 100% subsidiary of Daimler AG forming part of ‘Daimler Buses’ which is the World and European market leader in the Bus & Coach industry. As pioneers of automotive design, EvoBus regards, as both an aspiration and an obligation, the need to fulfil its

social and environmental responsibilities and make mobility of the future both safe and sustainable – with groundbreaking technologies and high-quality products.

FLEETCONNECT Tel: 0 1 8612299 Email: Web: www. Stand: S5 FleetConnect supplies award-winning wireless communications products and services, with a specific focus on passenger transport, public safety,

and indoor and outdoor network applications. The company has already established itself as the leading provider of industrial-grade in-vehicle systems for fast broadband access, delivering passengers WiFi (free internet access) and GPS vehicle tracking as well as connectivity to enable live CCTV and e-ticketing. Customers include Go Bus, Aircoach, Matthews Coaches and Translink to name a few.

Typically, download speeds of 1 to 2 megabits per second are achievable in static sites, metropolitan and suburban areas, and along major roads between towns and cities. Within a few years, it is expected that speeds will increase to over five megabits per second, comparable to a home or business broadband connection today.

GOGAN INSURA NCES LTD T/A GOGANS Tel: (01) 2990299 E-mail: Website: www. Stand: S11 Gogans has been specialist Broker for Bus Operators for over 20 years. Its very competitive packages

covers the following: • Bus Insurance Covers • Employers and Public Liability Insurance • Personal Accident for Proprietors and Drivers • Solicitors and Barristers Fees for any aspect of the business • Income Protection for Owners and Drivers • Life Assurance for Proprietor, Family and Employees • Personal and Other Business Insurances for Proprietor and family •

Discounts for Motor Insurance and Household Insurance for employees and Proprietors • Health Insurance. Gogan Insurances also provide a very personal and efficient service for all its clients.

GORBA Tel: 0044 1507 601 225 Email: Web: Stand: S20 Gorba is a leading international producer of passenger information signs, both stationary and mobile. Gorba began developing and marketing display systems for

all forms of transport in 1982 from its headquarters in Oberburen, Switzerland. Initially, business activities were limited to Switzerland, but then spread to neighbouring countries as its reputation for advanced and reliable systems grew. From this early beginning, activities have grown into international sales and strong markets have been created in Europe, the Middle and Far East. The ability to create signs in

the local language and font, have greatly enhanced Gorba’s reputation and creditability, and in many countries made them the market leaders. In 2008 Gorba merged with Precimation AG, and this increased the product portfolio with the Iqube system of stationary passenger systems.

HEAVY DUTY PARTS LTD. Tel: 0044 1777 863200 Email: Web: www. Stand: S28

Heavy Duty Parts will be displaying their new corporate image at the Coach & Bus Show together with their fresh new logo. MAN, Setra and Mercedes-Benz parts will be on the stand.

ICE TRA INING SOLUTIONS Tel: 01 8298202 Email: Web: www. Stand: S14 Ice Training Solutions offers a one stop training and consultancy service to those operating fleets

of vehicles. It offers innovative driver assessment and defensive driver training programmes, digital tachograph training as well as Driver CPC training with centres nationwide. It can carry out a comprehensive risk assessment of your business and develop or update your company's Health and Safety Policy, as well as provide manual handling

Stand: S28a

training and First Aid to FETAC level certification ensuring that your employees are comprehensively trained and that your Company is meeting its legal obligations.



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COACH & BUS SHOW 2010 - EXHIBITORS INTEGRATED TICKETING SCHEME Tel: 086 0209727 Email: Web: Stand: S22 The Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) is developing an Integrated Ticketing Scheme (ITS)

for public transport in the Greater Dublin Area. RPA is taking a stand at the Coach & Bus Show to promote participation in the scheme to private transport operators. The ITS card will hold electronic money (travel credit) which customers top-up and spend as they travel on any of the participating transport providers. In addition the ITS card will be able to

hold a number of tickets; for example, a time based ticket pass such as a weekly or monthly ticket. To find out more visit the ITS stand at the Show.

JC ENTERPRISES Tel: 042 975 1655 / 087 263 4534 – John Email: Web: Stand: S19 JC Enterprises is a well established company operating from Castleblayney, County Monaghan.

As a very versatile company it lends its expertise in a number of different mechanical areas, those of which include, Coach Air Conditioning, Heating systems, CCTV installation and Digital Destination Signs. Proudly it can say that due to its extensive knowledge, expertise and training it is one of the main leaders in today’s Irish market for Coach Air

Conditioning. JC Enterprises is also pleased to say that it offers a vast range of parts from the industry’s best known brands, including Webasto, Eberspacher Sutrak, Hispacold, Pedro Sanz, Heavac, Spal and Thermo King.

LEINSTER VEHICLE DISTRIBUTORS Tel: 056 8831899 /087 2563607 Email: Web: Stand: L22 LVD will have three new coaches on display TVM TH 390, TVM TL470 and a FAREBUS 12

metre coach. The TVM TH 390 is a 280 hp MAN powered Euro 4 engine (without AdBlue) and a 6 speed ZF auto transmission. For passenger comfort 37 Vogel recliners are provided or 39 seats without Toilet. The TVM TL 470 is an 11 metre inter city coach with 47 Pilote recliners, 280 hp MAN and ZF 6 speed auto transmission. The TVM range

has air-conditioning, TV/DVD, fridge, footrests and 7.5 cu. metres of luggage space. The FAREBUS Luxury Touring 12.2 metre Inter-City coach comes with a 400 hp MAN engine powered Euro 4 engine and ZF AS-Tronic transmission with up to 55 seats.

MONEY POINT Tel: 01 8900466 Email: Web: Stand: S38 Money Point Limited is a Dublin based market leader in secure cash management, providing solutions for

Transport, Banking and Retail sectors. Established in 1990, it helps clients to achieve increased profitability, by realising maximum benefit from their personnel and systems. This is achieved by offering experienced project management, quality products and systems, and ongoing advice, support and maintenance services. All training and installation is carried out by

expert staff, on the customers premises. The Money Point approach is to provide and install systems that are easy to operate, keeping technical requirements to a minimum, and productivity to a maximum.

MOSELEY DISTRIBUTORS LTD. Tel: 0044 1236 750501 Email:

Web: Stand: L17 Come see us at stand number L17 for more


MOVEMARKET.IE Tel: 087 6178785 Email: Web: Stand: S12, founded in 2009 is an auction style website where customers list their transport

requirements and transport companies bid for these jobs. Although initially focussed on the transportation of goods, is now offering the same service to bus and coach operators. While traditionally bus and coach operators waited for customers to contact them now helps operators directly target jobs that suit their

fleet and schedule. It is forging links with a growing number of bodies who will use to fulfil their transport needs. The service is offered free and operators only pay a success fee for the contracts they win.

MUTEC Tel: 01 4094434 Email: Web: Stand: L16b MUTEC is a division of Motor Distributors Ltd., the

Irish Mercedes-Benz distributor for over 50 years. Based on the Naas Road, Dublin, it specializes in both bus and coach sales and after-sales. Its Products and Services include the Mercedes-Benz range of buses and bus conversions based on the Sprinter, Vario and Atego chassis; the UNVI bus range

built on Mercedes-Benz chassis; EvoBus after-sales franchise. Tailored service contracts for all our buses are also offered. Contact MUTEC’s sales team on 01 4094477 or its after-sales team on 01 4094499 for further information.

NILFISK-ALTO Tel: 086 7714868 Email: gary.matt Web: Stand: S6 For over 100 years, Nilfisk-ALTO has been a specialist in the cleaning equipment industry and

has strived to achieve optimal productivity, low running costs and a high level of ergonomics. Its presence in the high pressure washer market dates back 50 years and unites some of the markets most experienced brands such as KEW and WAP. Making cleaning easier and cheaper is its objective and this is reflected in its product range today. Nilfisk-ALTO

offers a complete range of innovative and powerful Wet and Dry vacuum cleaners – all designed to accommodate the most demanding professional’s cleaning needs.



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Coach & Bus Show Exhibitors Company

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Adtec Aerauto Ltd


Heavy Duty Parts Ltd


Amber Valley Developments Ltd


Ice Training Solutions




Integrated Ticketing Scheme




J C Enterprises


Autosound Limited


Leinster Vehicle Distributors Ltd




Money Point, Ltd


A.W. Coach and Bus Services Ltd


Moseley Distributors Ltd.


Axa Insurance



Barton Coach Services




Brian Noone Ltd


Nilfi sk


Campion Insurances Ltd

S7 & S8

Paramount Conversions


Clarke Auto Wash Ltd

S45 & S46

PassPort Training


Coach Tourism & Transport Council


Politecnica Srl

S17 & S15



Road Safety Authority


Dermot Cronin Motors Ltd


Synectic Mobile Systems


Distinctive Systems Ltd


Tedcastle Oil Products


Eberspacher UK Ltd


Tyrecare / Norbar






EvoBus UK Ltd






Volvo Bus




Westward Scania


Gorba (UK) Ltd




Classic and Preserved Vehicles L10, L11 & L12 Courtesy of National Transport Museum, Preserved Irish Transport, Halpenny Travel, Dualway 20

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COACH & BUS SHOW 2010 - FLOOR PLAN Coach Show Bookings Company Annebrook House Hotel Aran Island Ferries Armagh Tourism Assoc of Approved Tourist Guides Avoca Blarney Golf Resort Brennan Hotels Bridge House Hotel Castle Oaks House Hotel Clonea Strand Hotel & Gold Coast Golf Resort Corbett Court Hotel Dom’s Pier 1 Downhill House Hotel Dublin City University - Campus Residences Ltd Erris Beo Failte Ireland Fairways Hotel Fota Wildlife Park Grand Canal Theatre Grand Hotel Great National Abbey Court Hotel Gretna Green’s World Famous Blacksmiths Shop att ra Guinness Storehouse Heritage Island/ Ireland Visitor Att ractions Holiday Tralee House of Waterford Crystal Irish Greyhound Board Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens Leo’s Tavern Maldron Hotels MBA & Irelands Choice Mill Times Hotel Millhouse Bar & Restaurant National Parks & Wildlife Service National Transport Museum National Trust Newbridge Greyhound Stadium Northern Ireland Tourist Board Oughterard Business Association Racket Hall Hotel / Dolmen Hotel Carlow Randles Hotel Royal Marine Hotel Russborough House Seanachaí Bar & Restaurant Holiday Cott ages Shannon Development Sheridans bar and restaurant Shirley Arms Hotel Silken Thomas Sliabh League Cultural Centre Taylor’s Th ree Rock The Church Cafe Bar, Restaurant & Tourist Att rac The Monastery Inn The Munster Bar The Village at Lyons The Wellington Park Hotel / Mooney Hotel Group The Wyatt Thomond Park Stadium Tour Guides Ireland / Tours n Trail Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre & Central Hotel Tullamore Westmeath Tourism Westmeath Tourism Westmeath Tourism Westport Woods Hotel White Hotel Group Youghal Tourism

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COACH & BUS SHOW 2010 - EXHIBITORS PARA MOUNT CONVERSIONS LTD Tel: 057 93 20170 Email: Web: www. Stand: L16a Paramount Conversions Ltd., established in 2009 by Aidan Farrell and Willie Daniels, based

in Tullamore Co. Offaly, specialise in vehicle conversions. They provide bespoke vehicle solutions to suit the operator’s fleet. Paramount Conversions Ltd's reputation is built on quality and a friendly customer ethos. With extensive knowledge and experience of the vehicle conversion industry and with a team of highly

PASSPORT TRA INING Tel: 086 2458379/ 087 6363002/ 087 6363003 Email: Web: www.passportt Stand: S28b Passport Training is Ireland's leading provider of CPC training. Driver CPC venues nationwide

include: Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Athlone, Navan, Monaghan, Carrickon-Shannon, Birr, Enniscorthy, Mallow, Kilkenny, Bantry, Tralee, Ennis, Longford, Carlow, Cavan, Connemara, Tuam, Portlaoise, Dundalk, Castlebar, Sligo, Cahir, Kinnegad, Wicklow and Monasterevan.

POLITECNICA Tel: Paolo 087 2285804 Email: Web: Stand: S15 & S17

Italy-based high quality passenger seats producer, Politecnica seats have been known and appreciated by Irish operators for many years now. Resistant and comfortable, modern and elegant, its seat products include Relax, Rally and Arco fitted by the best

European manufacturers on minibuses, midicoaches and full size coaches of various uses.

ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY Tel: 096 25015 Email: Web: Stand: S1 The aim of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is to save lives and prevent injuries by reducing the

number and severity of collisions on the road. The RSA works closely with many stakeholders including the transport industry, towards the achievement of this aim. In the case of commercial vehicles and drivers, its objective is to ensure that operators and drivers can and do meet their obligation to use and operate commercial vehicles safely. It is working to

achieve this through enforcement at the roadside and premises as well as through awareness and education. The RSA has published a range of guides for operators and drivers on driver's hours, tachographs, licensed haulage and Driver CPC which are available on its website.

SYNECTICS SYSTEMS Tel: 0044 1253 891772 Email: Web: Stand: S36 Synectics, formally known as LOOK CCTV, are experts in developing, installing and maintaining digital CCTV systems for the bus and coach market.

With over 20 years industry experience, it provides analogue and digital CCTV solutions for bus and coach operators. Digital surveillance technology is becoming ever crucial in the fight against fraudulent insurance claims and criminal activity. It can also lend a vital helping hand to improving the safety and security of staff and passengers through vehicle and driver monitoring. Synectics act as both a

manufacturer and a service provider of innovative surveillance systems and first-class installation and maintenance. Let Synectics lend a helping hand towards tackling vandalism, criminal behaviour and fraudulent insurance claims with our innovative CCTV systems.

TEDCASTLE OIL PRODUCTS Tel: 01 819 8000 Email: Web: Stand: S35 TOP, fuel importers and distributors recently launched 6 Motorway Fuel Card Truck Stops as

part of the NRA’s Motorway Service Area facilities. Eight coach lanes ensure speedy, safe refuelling with a minimum impact on journey times. Drivers and passengers will also benefit from a range of comfort facilities including free coach parking, showers and toilets, food and beverage options. The TOP Fuel Card provides a fuel management service for road

diesel users through its National Fuel Card network. TOP already has more than 120 branded locations throughout the country with access to a further 500 unbranded locations which can be accessed as per TOP customers specific requirements.

TYRECARE LTD Tel: 049 4334486 Email: Web: Stand: S33 Tyrecare Ltd is the one-stop shop for the tyre man and fleet operator. Ireland’s premier supplier of

top quality, professional automotive workshop equipment and tyre changing machines and wheel balancers. Tyrecare Ltd will be introducing Norbar, the world’s foremost manufacturer of torque control, tightening and measuring equipment. The Truktorque, pneumatic torque multiplier, a new lightweight high speed low noise and vibration tool

will be demonstrated on its stand. Tyrecare will also have a range of compressors, air tools, air hydraulic jacks, axle stands and tyre groover’s on display.

UNVI BUS AND COACH Tel: +44 7 787 767 401 Email: Web: Stand: L21 UNVI is a manufacturer of transport vehicles (buses, coaches, minibuses, wheelchair accessible

vehicles, VIP vehicles and a variety of special vehicles). UNVI has been particularly defined for its excellent Midicoaches and commitment to aftersales. The UNVI product range includes, among others: UNVI GT, UNVI Classic, UNVI Vega and UNVI Touring. At the Coach and Bus Show 2010 Unvi Bus and Coach will have Sales Manager

David McKinless and several members of staff on hand who can take care of any technical queries or parts enquiries and orders, with a selection of some smaller parts available to carry home.

skilled vehicle conversion engineers in its 5000 sq ft premises Paramount Conversions Ltd's sales team will talk you through every particular requirement you may have.



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COACH & BUS SHOW 2010 - EXHIBITORS/TOURISM VILLAGE VODAFONE IRELAND Web: Stand: S16 Vodafone is Ireland’s leading total communications provider. As part of the Vodafone Group, it is now the world’s leading international mobile

communications group. Vodafone currently has equity interests in 31 countries across five continents and around 40 partner networks worldwide. Vodafone remains at the forefront of innovation in Ireland and earlier this year announced the rollout of HSPA+, or 3.5G technology. This will enable the network

with a 21Mbps data download speed delivering a significantly enhanced mobile broadband experience to Vodafone’s customers.

VOLVO BUS Tel: 0044 1926 401777 Email: Web: Stand: L19b Volvo’s commitment to working closely with its customers to help improve efficiency, productivity and profitability is emphasised in its stand theme,

‘Getting there, together’. From research to product development, manufacture, sales and total aftermarket support, everything is geared to customer satisfaction. Show debutant is the new 13 litre, Volvo 9700, 13 metre executive coach. The Prestige Plus version is on the new B13R chassis platform that combines flexibility with outstanding quality and reliability. Details of Volvo’s complete

coach range, including the highly popular B7R and the volume seller B9R chassis are also on the stand. Volvo will also be promoting a number of operator initiatives for the 2011 coach season designed to ensure vehicles operate at peak performance.

WESTWARD SCANIA Contact: Patrick Carton (Bus & Coach Director) Tel: 087 8205192 Email: Web: Stand: L20 Westward Scania’s Bus & Coach Division serves

the needs of its fleet customers and coach operators alike. As importer of both Irizar and Van Hool award winning coachwork fitted to Scania chassis and drivetrains, both bodybuilders have a loyal following in Ireland. On Stand L20 prime examples of Scania’s partnership with Irizar is demonstrated through a luxury spec PB 6x2*4 K340 13.9m and

an Irizar i6 12.2m 4x2 based on the Scania K360 driveline. Information on Scania Finance Ireland and its Bus & Coach F leet Management Solutions are also provided.

EXHIBITORS/TOURISM VILLAGE ANNEBROOK HOUSE HOTEL Austin Friar Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath Tel: 044 9353300 Web: Stand: tv_54 Table

ASSOCIATION OF APPROVED TOURIST GUIDES OF IRELAND (aatgi) ‘Find a Guide’ service Tel: 01 2781626 Email: Web: Stand: tv_58 Counter

BRENNAN HOTELS C/o Green Isle Hotel, Naas Road, Newlands Cross, Dublin 22 Tel: 01 4593406 Email: Website: Stand: tv_36 Table

CLONEA STRA ND HOTEL & Gold Coast Golf Resort Dungarvan, County Waterford. Tel: 058 45555 Email: Web: Stand: tv15



37-39 Forster Street, Galway Tel: 091 568903 Web: Stand: tv_19 Counter

Tourist Information Centre, 40 English Street, Armagh. BT61 7BA Tel: 028 3752 1800 Email: Website: Stand: tv_33 Table



Kilmacanogue, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Tel: 064 6634720 Web: Stand: tv_25 Counter

Blarney, Co. Cork. Tel: 021 4384477 Email: Web: Stand: tv_40 Table

BRIDGE HOUSE HOTEL Tullamore, Co. Offaly Tel: 057 9325600 Email: Web: Stand: tv_50 Table

THE CATS BAR Mellery Cappoquin, County Waterford. Tel: 058 54150 Stand: tv15

CASTLE OAKS HOUSE HOTEL Holiday Village & Leisure Club Castleconnell, Limerick Tel: 061 377666 Email: Web: Stand: tv_73 Counter

CORBETT COURT HOTEL Ballyhea, Charleville, County Cork. Tel: 025 27272 Email: Web: Stand: tv_48 Table



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Quay Street, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal Tel: 074 97 22719 Email: Web: Stand: tv_29 Table

Ballina, Co. Mayo Tel: 096 21033 Email: Web: Stand: tv_23 Counter

ERRIS BEO Erris Tourism, Belmullet, Co. Mayo. Tel: 097 82292 Email: Web: Stand: tv_16 Counter

FAILTE IRELAND 88 – 95 Amiens Street, Dublin 1. Tel: Joyce McLeer at 01 884 7810 Email: Web: Quality-and-Standards Stand: tv_17 Counter

DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY Glasnevin, Dublin 9. Tel: 01 7008037 Email: Web: Stand: tv_20 Table

FAIRWAYS HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth Tel: 042 9321500 Email: Website: Stand: tv_26 Table

GRA ND CANAL THEATRE DUBLIN FOTA WILDLIFE PARK Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork. Tel: 021-4812678 E-mail: Web: Stand: tv_24 Counter

GREAT NATIONAL ABBEY COURT HOTEL Leisure Centre & Spa Nenagh, Co. Tipperary Tel: 067 41111 Reservations LoCall 1890 65 65 00 (International +353 65 686 2001) Web: Stand: tv_55 Counter

HERITAGE ISLAND Ireland’s Visitor Att ractions Marina House, 11/13 Clarence Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin Tel: 01 205 4998 Email: Website: Stand: tv_35 Table & tv_71 Table

IRISH GREYHOUND BOARD Dock Road, Limerick Tel: 1890 269 969 Email: Web: Stand: tv_5 Table

Group Bookings Department Grand Canal Theatre, Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2 Tel: +353) 01 677 7770 Email: Web: Stand: tv_68 Table

GRETNA GREEN’S WORLD FAMOUS BLACKSMITHS SHOP ATT RACTIONS Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway, DG16 5EA. Just off the A75 Euro route from Stranraer/ M74 motorway route into Scotland Tel: 0044 1461 337893 Email: Web: Stand: tv_41 Counter

GRA ND HOTEL Main Street, Moate, Co. Westmeath Tel: 09064 81104 Email: Web: Stand: tv_12 Table

GUINNESS STOREHOUSE St. James’s Gate, Dublin 8 Tel: 01 408 4800 Email: Website: Stand: tv_34 Table

HOLIDAY TRA LEE C/o The Aqua Dome, Tralee, Co Kerry Tel: 24-hour brochure request line +353 66 718 1445 Email: Website: or Stand: tv_2 Table

KYLEMORE ABBEY & VICTORIAN WALLED GARDENS Tel: 095 52029 Email: Web: Stand: tv_21



9 Leopardstown Office Park, Burton Hall Avenue, Sandyford, Dublin 18 Tel: Valerie Wilgar – 01 206 9403 Email: Website: Stand: tv_52 Table

Eastpark House, Marina Commercial Park, Centre Park Road, Cork Tel: 021 4323210 Email: Web: Stand: tv_31 Counter

HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL The Mall, Waterford City. Tel: + 353 51 317000 Email: Website: Stand: tv_1 Table

LEO’S TAVERN Meenaleck, Co. Donegal Tel: 07495 48143 Email: Web: Stand: tv_37 Table

MILL TIMES HOTEL Town Centre, Westport, Co. Mayo Tel: 098 29200 Email: Web: Stand: tv_46 Table



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MILLHOUSE BAR & RESTAURA NT Tacumshane, Broadway, Co. Wexford Tel: 053 913 1700 Email: Web: Stand: tv_45 Table



7 Ely Place Dublin 2 Tel: 01 8882000 Email: Web: & Stand: tv_59 Table

Heritage Depot, Howth Demesne, Howth, Dublin 13 Tel: 01 848 0831 Email: Web: Stand: tv_57 Table




Rowallane House Saintfield Co. Down BT24 7LH Tel: 0044 28 9751 2365 Web: Stand: tv_14 Table

Cornelscourt, Newbridge, Co.Kildare Tel: 045 446658 Email: Web: Stand: tv_39 Counter

Floor 3, East Point Plaza, East Point, Dublin 3 Tel: 01 605 7732 Email: Web: Stand: tv_53 Table




Dublin Rd, Roscrea, Co Tipperary Tel: 0505 21748 Email: Web: Stand: tv_56 Counter

Kilkenny Road, Carlow Tel: 059 9142002 Email: Web: Stand: tv_56 Counter

Address: Main Street, Oughterard, Co Galway Tel: 087 0696009 Email: oughterard.businessassociation@ Web: Stand: tv_11 Table




Killarney, Co. Kerry. Tel: 064 6639300 Email: Web: Stand: tv_28 Counter

Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Tel: 01 230 0030 Email: Website: Stand: tv_38 Table

Russborough, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Tel: 045 865239 Email: Web: Stand: tv_6 Table

SEANACHAI BAR & RESTAURA NT HOLIDAY COTTAGES Pulla Cross, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford Tel: 058 46755 Website: Stand: tv_15 Table

SHANNON DEVELOPMENT Town Centre, Shannon , Co. Clare Tel: 061 710217 Email: Web: Stand: tv_69 Counter



Main Street, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan Tel: 042 9673100 Email: Website: Stand: tv_13 Table

The Square, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare Tel: 045 522232 E: Web: Stand: tv_43 Table

TAYLORS THREE ROCK Irish Nights & Cabaret Show Grange Road Rathfarnham Dublin 16 Tel: 00353 4942311 Fax: 003531 4951850 Email: Web: Stand: tv_49 Table

THE CHURCH CAFÉ, BAR, RESTAURA NT Junction of Mary St & Jervis St, Dublin 1 Phone: +353 1 828 0102 Email: Stand: tv_30 Counter

SHERIDAN’S BAR & RESTAURA NT Milltown, Co. Galway Telephone: 093 51313 Website: Stand: tv_18 Counter

SLIABH LEAGUE CULTURA L CENTRE TĂ­ Linn Teelin Carrick Co, Donegal Tel: 0 74 9739077 Web: Stand: tv_7 Table

THE MONASTERY INN Clonard, Enfield, Co Meath Tel: +353/ (0) 449375121 Email: Stand: tv_72 Table



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Baileys New St. Waterford City Tel: 0 51874656 Email: Stand: tv_75 Counter

Celbridge, Co.Kildare Tel: 01 630 3500 Email: Stand: tv_32 Table

21 Malone Road Belfast Co. Antrim BT9 6RU Tel: 00 44 2890 381111 Email: Website: Stand: tv_27 Counter




The Octagon, Westport, Co. Mayo. Tel: +353 98 25027 Email: info@wyatt Web: www.wyatt Stand: tv_3 Counter

Limerick Tel: 061-421100 Email: Web: Stand: tv_70 Table

Abbeylands, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal Tel: 087 9179137 Email: Web: Stand: tv_44 Counter



Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly Tel: +353 57 9325015 / 057 9360034 Email: Web: Stand: tv_22 Counter

Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly Tel: +353 57 9325015 / 057 9360034 Stand: tv_22 Counter

WESTPORT WOODS HOTEL Westport Woods Hotel & Spa, Quay Road, Westport, Co Mayo Tel: 098 25811 Email: Web: Stand: tv_4 Table



Abbeylands, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal Tel: 071 98 51103 Email: Web: Stand: tv_74 Table

Market Square, Youghal, Co. Cork Tel: +353 24 92447 E-Mail: Web: Stand: tv_47 Table

WESTMEATH TOURISM RA DISSON BLU HOTEL Athlone Tel: 0906 442609 Web: Stand: tv_8/9/10 Table

IRISH DESIGNER CRA FT VILLAGE OF BALLINAHOWN Tel: 09064 30404 Web: www.irishdesignercraft Stand: tv_8 /9/10 Table


ROCK’N’ Tel: 044 9333300 Web: Stand: tv_8/9/10 Table

Tel: 044 93 40894 Web: Stand: tv_8/9/10 Table

BELVEDERE HOUSE GARDENS & PARK Mullingar Co. Westmeath Tel: 044 9349060 Web: Stand: tv_8 /9/10 Table



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One-to-One with Gerry Mullins, C.E.O., Coach Tourism & Transport Council (CTTC), with Jarlath Sweeney JS. Before speaking to you about your role as CEO of the Coach Tourism & Transport Council (CTTC) and main organiser of the Coach & Bus Show, please inform readers and visitors to the Exhibition what the CTTC is all about? GM. The Coach Tourism & Transport Council (CTTC) is the representative organisation for the private coach and bus operators in Ireland. The CTTC was formed in 1983 and was chaired by the late Paddy Barry for three years, before being replaced by Paddy Kavanagh from 1986-1990. Paddy became Chairman again this time last year. Originally it was just the Coach Tourism Council, with a focus on coach tourism. Later the name extended to take in the wider bus transport industry, and this reflects the wider interests we have today. JS. What are the CTTC’s main objectives? GM. We represent our 66 members on issues that include coach tourism, school transport, integrated ticketing, real time passenger information, scheduled services and private hire. Our main objectives are to achieve wins for our members in all these areas. But to be a litt le more specific, our objectives include increasing the market in those areas, such as increasing the number of scheduled services routes that are available to private operators, increasing the market for domestic and International coach tours, and creating a fairer school transport system. JS. Are you looking for more members? How does a coach operator gain membership? GM. We always welcome new members. Our membership criteria include the requirement of having two coaches, and various other criteria relating to the quality of vehicles. The full list of requirements are posted on our website: JS. How have your members reacted to the amendments to the 12 Day Rule? GM. The 12 Day Rule has been greeted with distain. It is madness, and our members can only see it in this light. The latest amendment is presented as a bonus or some sort of benefit to the coach operators, and it is presented as a measure that will improve road safety. The opposite is the case. If a driver picks up a group in Shannon, they

can only drive for six days before being forced to take a rest day. However, if they pick up a group in Turin, they can drive up through Switzerland, Germany, France and even England and not be forced to take a rest for 12 days. What possible benefit can this amendment bring? JS. Some months into your role as CEO, has your perception of the public transport industry changed? GM. No. The only way forward for public transport is for a greater role for private operators. The more I learn about our public transport system, the more it is clear to me that private operators will always provide the best services. And they can do it without cost to the exchequer. JS. Integrated ticketing between all PSV providers is now being finalised. How will it work and when is the planned launch date? GM. Yes, it will work, and it will work very well. I’m on the board of the project, where I represent the private operators. The roll-out of integrated ticketing equipment for private operators will begin in the summer of 2011, and I expect the private operators will be fully part of the system in the autumn. JS. Recently the CTTC met up with the Federation of Passenger Transport Northern Ireland – will this lead to an All-Ireland approach to lobbying the EU on industry related issues?

JS. Your good work in organising the Coach & Bus Show 2010 is clearly evident in the record number of exhibitors to the event – you must be pleased? GM. I must admit the vehicular side of the show has been a slog, but in the end almost all the exhibitors we hoped would exhibit are exhibiting. The reason we will have a record number of exhibitors is because of the Tourism Village, which has been an incredible success. At the time that you and I are talking, the Village is sold out and we are looking for new space. JS. By bringing a tourism element, do you expect a broader audience to attend? GM. We set up the Tourism Village so that new exhibitors could access the very same audience (coach company owners, their drivers and their staff ). However, as the Tourism Village grew we saw it was only fair to those new exhibitors if we broadened the audience to facilitate people who book group tours, such as tour operators, heads of Clubs and Societies, and Teacher organizations etc. We have been careful not to overrun the vehicular side of the Show with people who are not likely to be customers. However, the two sides of the Show need each other. If we can create extra tourism business in Ireland, it will automatically boost the sales of vehicles and their components.

GM. Certainly both organisations feel we should be working more closely together, and I look forward to further interaction w ith the FPTNI. However, we didn’t discuss an AllIreland approach. FLEETBUS&COACH | Winter 2010 27


Euro Bus Expo – NEC, Birmingham


arlier this month Euro Bus Expo at the NEC welcomed almost 9,000 visitors to its three-day Show. 260 manufacturers and suppliers took part and over 100 new vehicles were on display. In contrast to the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover held in September, there was less optimism from exhibitors and manufacturers. Those attending the German event spoke of having turned the

corner, while in Birmingham people in similar positions were confi rming light at the end of the tunnel. However, all of the manufacturers and exhibitors were happy with the Show and all of them are of the belief that they will see the corner turned in mid-2011. Operators and manufacturers will have been pleased to hear Transport Secretary Norman Baker re-affi rm his Government’s commitment to investment

in public transport. “Th is has been a fantastic Show, anyone I have spoken to has been happy with the quality and feel of the Show,” said Simon Posner, Chief Executive of the Confederation of Passenger Transport in the UK. Many operators feel that the Olympic Games event which will be held in London (2012) may be the bounce the industry needs.



Colin Robertson CEO of ADL (Alexander Dennis Ltd) says that strategic decisions taken by his company two years ago have ensu red t hei r survival. By focusing on weight reduction, fuel economy and developing export markets, ADL has counteracted the effect of a reduction in demand. ADL also claims that the running cost of an Enviro 400 (Double Decker) will be €60,000 cheaper over the lifetime of the vehicle than its nearest rival.

A lcolock is a simple devise that will determine if a driver is over a preset alcohol limit. When this happens the vehicle will be immobilised and a replacement driver needs to be found. Depending on the policy of the company the limit can be set anywhere between zero and the legal limit. Th is product is available in Ireland and can be fitted to most vehicles.

Busworld Worldwide bus exhibition organiser Busworld, hosts of the Bi-ennial Show at Kortrijk now run Bus and Coach Shows on all five Continents. Asia Europe Russia Turkey South America India

Shanghai, China Kortrijk, Belgium Nizhny Novgorod Istanbul Sao Paulo, South America Mumbai

30.3 – 01.04.2011 21 – 26.10.2011 2012 2012 06.2011 12-14.01.2011

Irizar Spanish coachbuilder Irizar has been involved in this business for over 120 years and has production plants in seven countries. Birmingham provided the platform to launch the Irizar i6 in the UK market. It is an integral coach using DAF power. Irizar says that from a strategic point of view it is essential that it brings an integral vehicle to the market. Customers have the option of using Scania chassis if they wish but it is likely there would be a cost premium.

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Eminox Founded in 1971 to manufacture exhaust systems for all models of trucks and coaches, Eminox is now the market leader when it comes to retrofit exhaust technology. Operators going into London from January 2012 using below Euro 3 standard and above 1.2 tonne GVW will have the necessary exhaust treatment equipment to comply with London’s Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) regulations. Currently, London is the only Low Emissions Zone in the UK and there are none as yet in Ireland. However, with 40 similar zones in Germany it seems likely more LEZ areas are not far away. To have the system fitted costs €6,000 and will take half a day. After 20 January if you are found in London with a non-compliant vehicle the fi ne is £1,000.

REVIEW 11 King Long


Chinese manufacturer King Long launched a City Bus at the Show, the 6127J. 200 examples of these buses will be delivered to Arriva for an operation in Malta in the near future but the specification is similar to the requirements for the UK market. Fully compliant with LEZ (London Low Emissions) the Euro 5 6127J uses Cummins power.

With over 7,000 Lions City buses operating in European Cities using CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) MAN used Euro Bus Expo 10 to put a toe in the water and gauge operator reaction in the UK. On the ground they had a left hand drive version on display. Tony Gr i f f it h s, Manager for MAN Truck & Bus UK said, “Depending on the reaction and enquiries we receive here, we may add a right hand drive to our line up of products.”



Otokar participated in the Euro Bus Expo for the fi rst time. The Turkish manufacturer has high expectations for its products and claims that one in every ten vehicles on European roads by 2020 will be an Otokar. In Birmingham it launched the Kent 290 LF, which is a 12m Low Floor bus, fitted with a Deutz engine (290 hp) (Euro 4) and Voith Transmission.

Now firmly at home within the ADL Group (A le x a nder Den n i s Ltd) Plaxton launched the second-generation Panther coach (see further details on the News section). Available on a 12.8m Volvo B9R chassis 15m Volvo B 13 RT. Plaxton says there is still some demand for new coaches. At the Show Plaxton had the 60th Elite to be built.

Politecnica With all new UNVI vehicles fi tt ed with specially designed Politecnica the Kish/Italian company is gaining a strong reputation in the market place. On the Plaxton Stand two vehicles had Politecnica designed and manufactured seats fitted. An Elite for Stewarts of Mortimer with 43 GTV 1000 recliners and a Panther for delivery to Alpine Travel with 55 Relax GTV seats.

Temsa Turkish manufacturer Temsa continues to make progress in the UK market. Through its National Distributor it presented the Avenue Low Floor Citybus. Fitted with a 6.7 litre Cummins ISB Euro 5 and ZF gearbox the bus has 42 seats with a maximum capacity of 70. A key feature of all Temsa products is their light weight and the Temsa Avenue weighs in at 10,300 kgs.

Wrightbus Volvo Bus Volvo Bus has launched a new 13 litre engine for the 9700 series, D13C. Designed as a rear engine it is 6 cylinder and Euro 5 compliant (460 hp). Volvo see signs of recovery in the bus market and is confident that the second part of next year will see fi rm orders return. In the meantime the Swedish brand is using its time to assist customers improve profitability.

Northern Ireland manufacturer Wrightbus displayed StreetLite, the most recent edition to their growing product family. Group Manager Director Mark Nodder said that the Ballymena company was at the three ‘R’ stage - Resilience, Resolve and Resurgence. Wrightbus was fi rst to market with the fi rst Whole Vehicle Type Approved Certification for StreetLite and the 80+ year old fi rm remains committed to manufacturing in Ulster saying that orders are still coming through. A new book ‘The Wright Way’ has been written by Jack Kernohan and was launched at the Show. It chronicles the remarkable history and story of the Wright Group. FLEETBUS&COACH | Winter 2010 29


Volvo 8900 Two into One does Go!


n advance of the launch of the Volvo 8900 at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover, Germany, it was presented to the Press Corps at its Swedish headquarters in Gothenburg. Volvo 8900 will replace two existing models the 8700 and the 8500 (which are made in Sweden & Poland respectively). Neither of these vehicles are available in Ireland but Volvo Bus says that it hopes the 8900 will also be manufactured in right-hand drive form. Marketed as an Intercity bus, the Volvo 8900 range includes a standard height and a low floor version. Chassis lengths are 12.2m or 13m with up to 14.7m on the tri-axle models. The principal reason for bringing out this new model is a demand from customers and also help them to reduce their carbon footprint and ultimately their running costs. “The Volvo 8900 is an intercity bus with lower environmental impact that features a number of different solutions to reduce the operator’s operating costs,” says Stefan Guttman, Volvo Buses’ Director of city buses in Europe. Volvo I-shift automated transmission is standard on the new bus. Two axle versions will have a 7.2 litre D7E (290 hp) Deutz engine and the tri-axle will have the Volvo Group 9.0 litre D9B (380

hp). Weighing in at nearly 700kg less than the comparable previous models Volvo claims that the reduced weight and engine improvements will give a 10% reduction in fuel use. While it is difficult to pass judgement on a bus on a test track it has all the features you would expect from a Volvo - easy handling, very comfortable driving position, very powerful and confident braking. As always, safety is at the core of Volvo Bus & Coach products. Alcolock is fitted and is part of the vehicle management system. Both the standard floor and low floor variants were available to drive. Behind the wheel of the low floor coach seemed a bit strange. Low floor buses are very common on Intercity routes in Nordic countries. Would they be popular in Ireland? Unless there was a big price differential between the high and low options, I think operators would be somewhat nervous of what way passengers and commuters would react. Inside the bus there are many options available to operators depending on what type of work the bus will perform. Luggage space is plentiful with the addition of sizable interior overhead luggage racks. On most buses there is up to 8m3 of luggage space. Seats are Volvo designed and available with either 2 or 3-point seatbelts. Volvo is pleased with the 8900 and says that regardless of seat specification an operator chooses those who travel in it they are assured of first class levels of comfort and safety.

are best suited for various functions,” says Project Manager Carl-Johan Ragnarsson. “We have thus succeeded in reducing its weight and made it easier and less expensive for the operators to perform maintenance and repair work.” The body structure consists of aluminum profiles that are bolted together and the roof is also made of aluminum. The major advantages of aluminum are that it is a lightweight and non-corrosive material. The front and rear modules are made of steel, which features such advantages as being easy to mould into an attractive design. “The side panels are manufactured from fiberglass and various plastics that are glued to the structure,” added Carl-Johan. “Fiberglass and plastics are lightweight materials that provide smooth and attractive sides for the buses, and the side panels are particularly easy to replace if damaged.”

Volvo 7500 Another vehicle of note from the Volvo Bus camp is the Volvo 7500, an articulated bus designed for operation on one particular route in Gothenburg which may be part of a solution for Dublin if the proposed BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), being discussed at the moment for the Sandyford area is successful. Powered by the D9B (360hp) engine it has a fully automatic ZF transmission. At 24m long it can carry 200 passengers.

With the new Volvo 8900, Volvo Buses has chosen to create an entirely new body with a composite of various materials. “Through this type of construction, we can use the materials that 30 FLEETBUS&COACH | Winter 2010

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Wrightbus – StreetLite - Streetwise


he Wrightbus Group based in Ballymena, Northern Ireland earlier this summer launched StreetLite - the latest member of its family. With over 9,000 Wrightbus vehicles on the Irish and British roads every day their products are both comprehensive and versatile. Founded in 1946, today the family business still remains owned and controlled by the Wright family. A visit to Wrights in Ballymena is almost like visiting relations as they eagerly tell you what they have been up to since your last occasion in their company. Indeed, Wright’s has been up to plenty since my last visit, so busy in fact that it has built a new bus, StreetLite.

Mark reiterated his point by saying that bus manufacturers and operators must be conscious that one cannot transport people like livestock. StreetLite offers various configurations to help operators achieve this delicate balance. On the 9.5m model, up to 66 passengers can be accommodated depending on the configuration and on the 10.2 model up to 71 passengers can be accommodated. Standard engine is the Cummins ISB5/EEV 185 hp. Voith transmission is used. With a 60 vehicle order in the pipeline for UK based leasing company Mistral, this vote of confidence in StreetLite will also give confidence to operators in this market.

Driving StreetLite Group Managing Director Mark Nodder said at the launch of the StreetLite that this latest addition to the Wrightbus line-up would bring a whole new look and style to the small bus sector. On appearance alone StreetLite has a distinct presence, but in terms of value and reliability it certainly seems that the investment of money, focused engineering time and experience will pay off . Two versions of the bus are available on 8.8m/9.5m chassis with the front axle in front of the entrance door and 10.2m/10.8m version with the front axle behind the entrance door. One of the cornerstones of the project was involving strategic partners in the project from the beginning, these included Wabco, Cummins and VDO. Wrights found a certain freedom when they were designing the StreetCar compared to earlier models and when starting to create StreetLite from a blank sheet it presented the designers with as many opportunities as challenges. With a design that has a resemblance to the StreetCar ftr, StreetLite has all the familiar Wright features and looks. Paul Blair, one of the designers says weight, efficiency and safety are the priorities, as always. Passenger capacity is critical for operators now. Mark Nodder has on a number of occasions said the way to move people out of their cars and into public transport buses is to entice them in. Speaking at the launch of the StreetLite, Text: Sean Murtagh -

When the designers are fi nished and the paint has dried a bus must stand up to the scrutiny of passengers, operators and drivers. One of the first things you notice gett ing on the StreetLite is the spacious entrance area. Sometimes smaller buses can have a lot of clutter around the entrance area, not on this bus. A manual ramp for wheelchair and buggy access is fi tt ed. Th roughout the bus there are very few steps or obstacles for passengers. A combination of tubular handrails and straps enhance the safety of standing passengers. StreetLite delivers a feeling of space and brightness inside which, is enhanced by the low windows. We drove the bus on a combination of rural and urban routes around the Antrim town also made famous for its Michelin tyre factory. It has a well laid out driver’s area with all the features of a modern coach. What is very impressive is the all-round vision. A well-designed window on the nearside allows the driver to see down very low and would certainly pick out small children or a rogue bollard. A low cut windscreen makes sure that nothing will be obstructed from your view. Acceleration is smooth as is the braking and there is plenty of power although with a full load of passengers it might not be as brave. On some of the narrow sections it was easy to keep inside the white line and the position of the mirrors did not present any challenges.

Summary Wrightbus has hit the midi-bus market with a bang. StreetLite, due of the deal with Mistral will be exposed to the market very fast and operators will decide its success very soon. In the near future a hybrid version will be available. Wrightbus has every reason to be confident. FLEETBUS&COACH | Winter 2010 31


Bus Euro Test 2011


arlier this year the Jury of the International Bus of the Year (IBOY) ascended on the Romanian capital Bucharest to put the nominees for the 2011 Bus of the Year through their paces and then select a winner. After the week’s trials, which involved road testing, brake testing and noise levels, the Jury got their collective heads together and elected the 2011 IBOY. Fleet Bus & Coach represents Ireland on the International Jury and Sean Murtagh was there to scrutinise and choose the winning vehicle.

Riders and Runners Selecting a winner for 2011 was a challenge, to enter a bus for the competition there is a criteria to be reached:• • • •

Must be a production vehicle Must be over 9m long Must be fitted with an engine of at least Euro 5 level Must only have entered the market since 2008

VDL Citea


oming in at 10,500 kg the VDL Citea is a true lightweight, which reflects in both capacity and improved fuel consumption. Available with either DAF or Cummins engines and a choice of Voith or ZF transmissions, operators choosing a Citea have the opportunity to mix and match components. Supplied for this test was a Citea with DAF 9.2 litre (310 hp) engine coupled to a ZF six-speed automatic transmission. Whilst some Jurors commented that the driver’s area was a litt le dated, I was more impressed with how functional it was. Displays were easy to read and all of the controls were close at hand. I have a personal preference for a higher driving position and the 32 FLEETBUS&COACH | Winter 2010

Citea certainly presents that. A one-level floor throughout gives a feeling of extra length to the bus with the section behind the back seats almost giving the notion of the back section of an articulated bus. Clever moulding design and the use of cantilever seats will make the cleaner’s job easier. Driving around the streets of Bucharest, the Citea handles well. Mirrors are excellent and the combination of a raised driving position and low windscreen reduced blind spots significantly. With a capacity for 100 passengers the Citea is certainly a market leader in the low floor/low entry market.

Five Cit y/L ow Floor buses were entered: • Volvo 7700 Hybrid • Mercedes-Benz Citaro • Temsa Avenue • VDL Citea • Otokar Kent


Mercedes-Benz Citaro


eadquarters for the test in Bucharest was one of the RATB Depots. RATB is the main public transport provider in the city and over half of the fleet are MercedesBenz Citaros. With almost 30,000 Citaros sold, the test vehicle is an upgraded version of the original model. Mercedes-Benz claims that every third bus in Europe is a Citaro, and has sold 4,000 units in 2009 in spite of the recession. Presented for the test was a bus with the 7.2 litre OM926LA (286 hp) engine (EEV) with a Voith D854 four speed automatic transmission.

Being on its third and fourth generation you would expect Mercedes-Benz to have built the perfect bus, and of course it has. Driving the Citaro is always a pleasant experience. Many of the design features on the bus tested were for the local market. For security reasons the driver is enclosed completely similar to the old single cab double-decker. Blind spots are almost non-existent but the design of the handbrake handle is something that could be improved. In Bucharest the standard configuration for passengers is 27 seats, 70 standees, to give a total of 97. Mercedes-Benz is very proud of the Citaro and rightly so. It has been a good servant.

Temsa Avenue


urkish manufacturer Temsa continues to make inroads in the European market and its entry into the City/Low floor market is timely. Only a year in this marketplace it has to date supplied some right hand vehicles to the UK market. Similar to the VDL Bus, the Avenue can be supplied with DAF or Cummins engines, the test bus being fitted with DAF power and a ZF Automatic Transmission. Stepping into the bus is a little difficult, something a little adjustment will cure, but once inside it is very bright and roomy. Standee passengers will fi nd it very easy to hold on as the handles are well positioned. Some minor

faults were identified in the interior but all of these have been modified in upgrades. A new more modern driver’s cockpit area is now a standard feature on all Avenue models. From a driving point of view the bus handles well, although at times it seemed light on the road. Although the mirror on the driver’s side is high, it just takes a litt le time to get used to. However, this has been changed in later models. Vision is good and the split pillar at the side of the windscreen gives extra vision. Temsa is steadily making its presence felt in the European market. In France it has over 3,500 units on the road.




Volvo 7700 Hybrid


ne of the fi rst things I notice about a Volvo bus or coach is its presence. It always looks well and the 7700 Hybrid is no different. Hybrid is still a new concept and apart from the environmental argument that comes up, there is the argument around paying more up front and saving on the operating cost. Volvo Bus states that some Cities have reported up to 40% reduction in running costs. Inside the 7700 is as you would expect – impressive, very bright and with plenty of rails and straps for passengers to hold on to. Overall

accommodation is 34 seated and 48 standing with room for a wheelchair. Driving a Volvo is always comfortable and easy. However, the hybrid element of the drive takes a litt le gett ing used to particularly the Stop/ Start feature. With the diesel/electric hybrid, noise levels reduce significantly as the engine is generally stopped when at a bus stop and moves away in electric mode. Overall Volvo claims that the hybrid system is 75% quieter. Currently the

battery life on the hybrid is four years but it is expected that this lifetime will be extended. Volvo has taken a lead in hybrid development and will deliver 100 vehicles by the end of this year to customers.

Otokar Kent


urkish manufacturer, Otokar produces 5,000 buses each year. Since 2006 it has sold 1,500 vehicles into the Western European market. Otokar, which is owned by Turkish Company Koç, will have right hard drive version of the Kent model by the end of this year. On the test vehicle a 7.1 litre Deutz engine is fitted (EEV) with a Voith four speed automatic transmission. An alternative engine supplier will be available next year.

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For its fi rst Citybus model, the Otokar Kent is impressive. Upon entering the bus there is ample room, maybe a litt le too much at the expense of the driver’s area, which is a little narrow. Walking through the bus is easy and the interior of the test vehicle was very appealing. Comfortable to drive the Otokar Kent went on to handle well. There is a litt le blindspot on the driver’s side but overall vision is excellent. Otokar may be one of the more recent arrivals to this segment of the market. Later in the year

a right hand drive version will be available and Ireland is a market Otokar has in their sights for the Kent.


which is enhanced by a clear line of vision to the front passenger door, due to its full-length glass.

rom five serious contenders the VDL Citea emerged as the overall title winner of the International Bus of the Year (IBOY) Award for 2011. Entered and tested as a 12m two-axle bus, the Citea is available as a three-axle Artic up to 14.5m in length. Driving the Citea is easy and stressless. From a raised partition the driver has a bird's eye view,

Fitted with a DAF PACCAR PR228 (9 litre) engine (310 hp) and coupled to ZF Ecomat sixspeed automatic transmission, the combination works perfectly. With 500 Citeas on the road and more on order, the VDL Citea has already proved a worthy winner.

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Buses and Coaches: the Smart Mobility Choice


he global bus and coach industry celebrates the 1st anniversary of its commitment to achieve sustainable mobility for all by doubling the use of buses and coaches. Graham Smith, Vice President of the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and President of the IRU Passenger Transport Council, said, “Today more than ever, societies and economies need what our industry actually offers: an optimal solution to current and future mobility and travel challenges. Bus and coach transport is almost always the most safe, green, efficient, user-friendly and affordable transport choice, on short and long distances alike. We are proud of this outstanding performance and are eager to do even better and see politicians make the most of it when designing transport policies. Th is is what Smart Move is all about: raising policy makers’ awareness that the solution they are looking for is at their fi ngertips.”

Over the past year, Smart Move has gained foothold in the Middle East, Russia, Asia and the Pacific. Green characteristics of bus and coach transport were also promoted at the United Nation’s COP15 global summit in December 2009. Finally, the European Parliament also has integrated Smart Move’s objective of doubling the use of buses in its June 2010 report on a Sustainable Future for Transport in the European Union, which will serve as a basis for designing the strategic EU White Paper on Transport Policy for the period 2010-2020. Smart Move is now gaining global momentum with 82 committed partners around the world, including leading industry organisations, vehicle manufacturers and media (including Fleet Bus & Coach), as well as thousands of bus/coach operators and individual supporters, sharing the values and advocating the objective of Smart Move. Through its website in 8 languages, a newsletter, factsheets, proven practical solutions, best industry practices, sister campaigns at national level and social media support, Smart Move will keep providing industry, citizens, partners, policymakers, stakeholders and media with facts, figures and best practices on buses and coaches, whose potential in achieving sustainable

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mobility remains largely untapped in both urban and interurban transport, and in coach tourism. In Europe alone, achieving the Smart Move political and business objective of doubling the use of buses and coaches over the next decade would: •

Reduce CO2 emissions by at least 50 million tonnes per year;

Reduce road fatalities by more than 3000 per year;

Reduce congestion in cities at zero cost for taxpayers, as a result of the expected 10-15% fall of car traffic;

• Create 4 million new, green jobs. So make the Smart Move: take the bus and support the campaign!

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arking its 75th anniversary, NEOPLAN is going on line with its new website, featuring completely reworked graphics and content.

Targeted information, an appealing brand experience and a direct contact service were the primary goals set for the relaunch of the NEOPLAN website in the anniversary year. "The new Internet presence provides exactly what we want to offer our visitors: information and inspiration," says Nina Gutzeit, Head of Communications at MAN Nutzfahrzeuge. "We are putting our premium brand in the spotlight more then ever before. Large-scale images and videos make it possible to live the values of the NEOPLAN brand - innovation, exclusiveness, design. And it takes our customers just one click to download comprehensive product information or get in touch directly with a contact person."

Fast access to information A real highlight of the new NEOPLAN website is its fast and convenient navigation. With just a few clicks from any part of the website, visitors can find the buses and services that interest them. They can also obtain more detailed information quickly: with its newly designed Service area, the website enables visitors to download product data sheets and brochures on the NEOPLAN model they're currently looking at. New topics are always in the focus on the home page.

NEOPLAN 75 YEARS moving ideas The newly designed Internet presence is one more element of the anniversary year 2010, which is being celebrated under the motto "NEOPLAN - 75 YEARS moving ideas". The highlights of the anniversary can also be seen on the new website. The new website is located at

Barcelona Bus Operator selects Eminox emissions reduction technology


ransports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), the major bus and metro provider to Barcelona and surrounding areas, has selected <>Eminox’s SCRT technology to help them cut emissions from more than 360 buses.

at homologation test centre Idiada, confirmed that the Eminox SCRT system could go further, reaching emissions equivalent to EEV (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle) today’s most

The reduction of particulate matter and nitrogen oxide from public service vehicles is seen as crucial to improving air quality for the residents of Barcelona. To achieve this, the Catalan Government issued an air quality decree stipulating that all Euro 2 and 3 buses in Catalonia must be upgraded to a minimum standard of Euro 4 by 2014. Particulate matter is a major health concern as ultra-fine particles can cause damage to the heart and lungs, and nitrogen oxides are linked with respiratory problems.

advanced standard. By using Eminox SCRT technology, TMB can achieve this at a fraction of the cost of new buses. This retrofit solution will remove over 90% of particulate matter, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide, plus more than 70% of nitrogen oxides. Carlos Vicente, Business Development Manager commented “The decision to retrofit their buses with our new compact SCRT is a very economical solution for TMB – for the price of one new bus, it was possible to upgrade over 15 buses to Euro 5 and EEV standards.” As part of what is now Europe’s largest retrofit programme to target PM and NOx, 363 Euro 2 and 3 buses will receive the SCRT upgrade. Eminox’s team of specialists have already fitted 120 buses with the SCRT® technology on site at TMB depots. A programme is in place to complete phase 2 of the ambitious upgrade project during 2011.

TMB wanted to take its Euro 2 and 3 vehicles beyond the minimum requirement of Euro 4, targeting Euro 5 standard. Independent testing

Optare order book exceeds £33 million rders valued at over £5.5 million placed at the Euro Bus Expo in Birmingham have taken Optare’s current order book to in excess of £33 million.


Norman Baker was able to see the range of Optare’s green technology activity and to inspect one of the hybrid Versas destined for Manchester on display on the Optare stand.

Several orders were for hybrids or electric vehicles. During his visit to the Show, Transport Minister

As well as ‘green’ buses, Optare also took a number of orders for conventional diesel-powered vehicles.

operating industry, interest amongst visitors was high and there was a tangible sense of optimism in the air. He said that the orders confirmed at the show clearly showed that Optare is really beginning to emerge as a force to be reckoned with in the green technology field.

The new Solo range for 2011 with its increased seating capacity excited considerable interest amongst Show visitors, in particular those from the small independent sector for many of which this model is the mainstay of their fleets. Several orders were taken from independents for Solo and Solo SR models. Optare Chief Executive Jim Sumner said that despite the very challenging conditions in the bus Text: Jarlath Sweeney –

Optare CEO Jim Sumner with Norman Baker MP, Under-Secretary of State for Transport. FLEETBUS&COACH | Winter 2010 37


The Merits of Bus Rapid Transit


t a time when every cent spent by Government on infrastructural projects is being closely scrutinised in terms of value for money and delivery time, it is refreshing to see Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council proposing to build a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit System) that will link St. Vincent’s Hospital with Sandyford Business Park. It is hoped that the plan will be included by the National Transport Authority when it presents its Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area.

BRT is a system where specially designed buses use a designated roadway, generally running parallel to an existing urban thoroughfare. Many examples of these systems are in operation around the World, including Brisbane, Bogota, Lagos, Cleveland and many more. Istanbul also has a very successful system in place. The Turkish city that divides two continents suffers from severe traffic congestion and with four phases of the BRT in operation, bringing the combined route to 50 kilometres. Passengers using the new route save approximately 45 minutes per day. Operated by I.E.T.T. (Istanbul Elektrik Tramvay Ve Tünel) 400 specially designed buses are in service, provided by Mercedes-Benz Citaro (renamed CapaCity) and VDL Phileas buses. At 20 metres in length the capacity of the specially designed buses is 200 passengers. So why did the various city Authorities opt for a BRT system? Well, for three reasons – firstly it was relatively cheap to construct, €2 million per kilometre as distinct from €400 million per kilometre for Underground Railway and Metro systems. Secondly, it could be constructed and become operational in a short time. Istanbul saw the first section of the new route fully operational in eight months. Thirdly, the capacity of the route was calculated to be 40,000 passengers per hour, which was twice the figure that could be carried by a light rail system. Officials in Istanbul are very pleased with the success of the BRT system which carries over one million passengers each day. So what lessons or leads could we take in Ireland from the experience of Istanbul? Certainly the current proposal from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council seems viable and sensible. At a cost projected at €33 million the promoters say the project could be delivered in a relatively short period of time, although it has not specifically said how long. One of the key features of the proposed service is the way it links to other public service routes. Linking in with the DART, Mainline Rail, Marion Road QBC, the Stillorgan Road QBC (Quality Bus Corridor) and the LUAS Green Line the proposed figures of public using the service at 2,000 per hour may be a little understated, particularly when you consider it passes some high density work places, St. Vincent’s Hospital, RTE, UCD and Sandyford Industrial Estate. Owen Keegan, Council Manager of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is enthusiastic about the project and says he is happy to work with St. Vincent’s Hospital, RTE, UCD and the Sandyford Business Associations in supporting the project.

the body to implement change here and so there role is critical. So far I am not convinced that they will be as dynamic as they could be. Chief Executive, Gerry Murphy in an article in a Sunday paper recently, made a distinction between public and private operators, may be not that important you say, but if that distinction is in his mind the danger is it will reflect in policy. Is the NTA free of the shackles that has in the past, deprived our citizens of affective customer focused Public transport, time will tell? Politicians face some very tough decisions in the current climate and and need to show leadership. A BRT system may be regarded as ‘Metro Light’ but it is affordable. In the past air travellers thought you had to have your breakfast on a flight, but Michael O’Leary of Ryanair proved that by not having one you can fly cheaper. A BRT system will give commuters comparable efficiency at a fraction of the cost. BlueLine and its promoters in South Dublin know this and by promoting this innovation, they are putting the needs of their employees and residents first, let us see the politicians and the NTA do the same.

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Are there any downsides to this project? I am not sure, but certainly any downsides are more than overshadowed by the upsides. Owen Keegan says that the income derived from fares will cover the operating costs. If true this is great for the taxpayer in any climate. In Istanbul on a bigger scale of operation 90% of operational costs are covered by the fares. One thing for sure though is that for the BlueLine BRT to achieve its full potential it will require the speedy introduction of an integrated ticketing system. Transport is a verb, not a noun and allowing commuters to switch from a bus to a Luas or Dart Service is critical to getting people to give up the comfort of their cars for the efficiency of public transport. Is there more planners could take from the BRT concept? Well, with a likely cost of €5 billion to construct Metro North, should a series of bus only routes not be considered? In the current economic climate are ‘Trophy Infrastructure’ projects like Metro North essential? Some critics say we have just opened a ‘Trophy Terminal’ at Dublin Airport, which may be at the expense of some of our other Airports. Even if that is the case litt le can be done about Terminal 2 now, but it is not too late to save the taxpayer billions on a Metro Route, we cannot afford. Surely there is a role for private bus operators here. For too long now the Government have been talking about opening up the industry. Coach operators can provide the transport, who by the way are taxpayers, with a speedy and cost effective solution. I know the NTA (National Transport Authority) is 38 FLEETBUS&COACH | Winter 2010

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