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November 14 2017
By Mel Holley

Mel is the Editor at routeONE magazine. He has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.

Coventry artic in Preston trial

National Express Coventry sent an articulated bus to Preston as part of an investigation into possible tram services.

Because it’s roughly the same length as the proposed trams, it was used to test how such a vehicle would affect major junctions in Preston.

The £19m project is being proposed by Preston Trampower, promoted by Prof Lewis Leslie, who hopes to build a 3.5 mile test route, using parts of the former Longridge-Preston railway.

Says National Express West Midlands’ Tony Hunter, who the bus on its daytrip to Preston: “It did 240 miles on the motorway and ran the whole day in Preston without a single problem. Thanks to our Coventry engineers for getting it shipshape.”

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