Kortrijk tests innovative “trambus”
Visitors to the Hoog Kortrijk area can take the trambus from the city’s station for free during a trial period of the innovative new vehicles that mix the best of trams and buses
To Kortrijk Xpo in minutes
Two trambuses are taking passengers from the train station to the area Hoog Kortrijk in the south of the city, home to Kortrijk Xpo, AZ Groeninge hospital and the University of Leuven’s Kulak campus. An exhibition called Busworld, sponsored by the bus and coach industry, is taking place from 16 to 21 October in Kortrijk Xpo.
The city is considering deploying trambuses on a permanent basis to improve the connection between the centre and Hoog Kortrijk, which would greatly benefit students, staff and patients of the hospital and visitors to Kortrijk Xpo.
The use of the trambus is currently free. Passengers receive a survey in which they can rate the effectiveness of the service. The trambuses are constructed by Van Hool from Antwerp province. They are 24 metres long, have space for 157 passengers, reach a speed of 70 kilometres per hour and cost €950,000 each. The trial project costs €12,000 and is set up in collaboration with the government of Flanders, public transport authority De Lijn and Busworld.
Photo courtesy CD&V Kortrijk
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