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Friday 19 September 2014

Anyone for a bus? Dublin Bus putting 71 of its fleet up for sale

Published 08/07/2014 | 07:50

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Friday 28 March 2014. The old Dublin Ghost Bus is being de-commissioned. Dublin Bus Yard, Constitution Hill.
The old Dublin Ghost Bus is among those available

You wait all day for a bus and then 71 of them come at the same time.

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Dublin Bus is to flog off scores of its old fleet to make way for shiny new double-deckers on its routes, and has offered the public, or anyone with an interest, a chance to bid for them.

Up for grabs among the mix is Europe's first ever ghost bus which was retired in March after 40 years in service as both a passenger bus and ghost bus.

Affectionately known as Molly, it operated as the sole ghost bus until 2006, when another bus was converted due to the popularity of the tour.

A new ghost bus and tour is to be launched in the coming months.

In an unusual tweet sent out yesterday, Dublin Bus advertised the details and specifications of the high-milers and much-travelled vehicles that are now looking for new homes, and they all have tyres included according to the advertisement, which will obviously make it easier to drive them away.

commuters

Five of the buses, the Leyland Olympian/Alexander model, date back to 1990, but 63 of them are the Volvo/Alexander ALX400 buses from 2000 onwards which are familiar to commuters and have recently been retired after serving their time on routes all over the capital.

The newer models for sale have super-low floors with powered wheelchair ramps, as well as 'Fogmaker' fire suppression equipment.

A spokesperson for Dublin Bus said selling the old fleet was part of the annual programme which involves "replacing older buses in our fleet to ensure service reliability, to keep maintenance costs to a minimum and also so Dublin Bus can avail of technological advancements to ensure high accessibility standards".

The ad says bidders may offer for one, some or all of the vehicles, and the closing date for sealed tenders is Monday, July 21 at 5pm. Anyone wishing to view the vehicles or request a tender form can contact the procurement department on 01 7033474 during office hours.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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