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Edinburgh leads the way with electronic buses

ELECTRONICALLY GUIDED buses could be running on the streets of Edinburgh within

three years following final parliamentary approval last week for this world first transport concept.

Buses would be steered automatically using vehicle mounted electromagnets and induction wires buried beneath the road surface on the 11km segregated busway route from the city centre to Edinburgh airport.

A dedicated off-road route has been earmarked for the twin track line, which will run through a major retail and commercial centre at South Gyle and link with rail stations plus park and ride centres. Four contracting groups are shortlisted for the 55M design and build scheme and have until August to tender ideas.

Infrastructure for electronic guidance is thought to be cheaper than a conventional guided bus system running between the side walls of a concrete trough. Both techniques allow buses also to run under manual control on conventional streets.

David Hayward

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