One of National Express Coventry’s famous Mercedes-Benz Citaro O530G Bendy Buses was spotted recently on the streets of Preston.
The Midlands vehicle was running around the Lancashire city as part of an investigation into possible tram services. Because it’s roughly the same length as the proposed trams, the Mercedes-Benz Citaro O530G bendy bus was used to test how such a vehicle would affect major junctions in Preston.
It’s part of the proposal from Preston Trampower, who want to create a tram network for the city, to show how trams could run down Fishergate for the first time in nearly 100 years.
Professor Lewis Lesley and his team at Preston Trampower hired the bus from Coventry. The bus is nearly as big as the planned city class tram which would run on the Preston Guild Line in the city.
National Express West Midlands’ Tony Hunter took bendy bus 6020 up north on its day trip.
He said: “I think the Preston Trampower team were pleased with the results. I was very impressed with our bendy bus – it did over 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 for me.
“As well as being an unusual day out for me, I think we also confused some local bus enthusiasts!”
Preston Trampower says they are now going to undertake a follow-up survey of Prestonians in Fishergate to see how well the new trams would be used.