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Desire for street-cars in Cork

By Eoin English
A COLOURFUL new concept in public transport was unveiled in Cork yesterday.

Bus Éireann took gardaí, city and county officials on a test drive on board a sleek lilac street-car it hopes to introduce in the city soon.

The striking articulated vehicle, which is described as a tram on wheels, is already in use in York and Leeds in England.

There are also several on order for introduction in Las Vegas in the near future.

Bus Éireann said they hope to introduce the vehicle on a green route in the city on a pilot basis soon.

It is hoped that under the Government’s Transport 21 investment programme, that several more will be ordered for use in Cork.

The street-car can carry up to 118 passengers and is fully wheelchair accessible.

It is a cross between a light rail system and is designed to be able to run on roads or on a guided bus system.

It has a diesel engine but can be easily converted to run on bio-fuels.

The diesel version pulled up outside City Hall yesterday morning where senior city officials and senior gardaí jumped on board.

It then travelled out the link road, negotiated the Kinsale Road roundabout and travelled out to County Hall to collect county officials.

Another short test drive followed before the street car returned to City Hall.

Bus Éireann area manager Joe Fitzgerald said the vehicle, manufactured by Wrights in Ballymena, negotiated some of the city’s narrowest streets with ease.

“It’s a new concept in public transport that’s designed to encourage people out of their cars and into public transport,” he said.

The street car will visit Limerick today and Galway tomorrow for more test drives.

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