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Bendy buses start proper trials tomorrow

The controversial bendy buses are set to start their one-month trial in the Isle of Man on Monday.

Two of the vehicles arrived on the Island 12 days ago and have so far been used to train fitters and drivers, but without any passengers travelling on them.

From Monday, they will be carrying passengers as they're put through their paces, including on school routes.

The bendy buses are initially set to be used on routes from Douglas or Onchan to the south of the Island.

During that time, they will also be tried out on school journeys to and from Castle Rushen, namely the number 60, 61 and 62 services.

A working group has been set up by government to assess the buses during their one-month trial, with Travelwatch chairman Brendan O'Friel acting as an independent assessor.

According to the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure, surveys of drivers and passengers are set to be conducted.

You will also be able to submit comments via email - busviews@gov.im - or by writing to Transport Headquarters.

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