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Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby BluDART » Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:22 am

It appears Skybus is slated to start operating Double Deckers from March next year.
Even Melbourne's Skybus operator is backing a rail link to Melbourne Airport.
SkyBus director Michael Sewards said with projected patronage numbers increasing annually at Melbourne Airport, by 2030 "the best mass transit solution would require a mix of options including a rail link".
"SkyBus will clearly have a major role to play in this mass transit mix," he said.
"SkyBus' current annual passenger numbers for this financial year are at 3.4 million. SkyBus is currently planning for passenger numbers to increase to 5 million over the next three years and seven million by 2020," Mr Sewards said.
He said in the past four years SkyBus' share of airport visitors had grown from 7 per cent to 10 per cent.
Mr Sewards said Public Transport Victoria and SkyBus were discussing how Myki could be used on SkyBus and in March 2015 Skybus would introduce double decker buses to its airport fleet.


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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby boronia » Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:44 am

Lugging suitcases up the stairs might not go down too well with passengers, and many would be reluctant to leave them downstairs where they could not keep watch on them.
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby cal_t » Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:38 pm

You don't take your luggage with you on double deckers. Most setups have cameras facing luggage hold area and there are video screens upstairs so that you can monitor for thieves.
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby CityRail » Sun Nov 23, 2014 1:12 pm

What chassis will SkyBus purchase? Enviro 500H?
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby Apollo » Sun Nov 23, 2014 2:27 pm

CityRail wrote:What chassis will SkyBus purchase? Enviro 500H?


Bustech was recently visiting Skybus with their demo decker. So that could be a hint i suppose.....
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby hungho95 » Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:04 pm

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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby ATE168@LM8813 » Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:18 pm

Apollo wrote:
CityRail wrote:What chassis will SkyBus purchase? Enviro 500H?


Bustech was recently visiting Skybus with their demo decker. So that could be a hint i suppose.....

Exactly what I think :wink:
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby The Cap a tan » Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:37 pm

Do Skybus use Dudley St and Footscray Rd to access Citylink?
If so what height is the rail overpass on Dudley St?
High enough to get a double decker under?
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby Alex on the Bus » Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:56 pm

The Cap a tan wrote:Do Skybus use Dudley St and Footscray Rd to access Citylink?
If so what height is the rail overpass on Dudley St?
High enough to get a double decker under?

The Dudley Street underpass has a 4.3 metre clearance - should be just enough to get a 'decker underneath, otherwise they'll probably use Spencer Street and Dynon Road instead.
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby ATE168@LM8813 » Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:59 pm

The Cap a tan wrote:Do Skybus use Dudley St and Footscray Rd to access Citylink?
If so what height is the rail overpass on Dudley St?
High enough to get a double decker under?

Height of that bridge is 4.3M.

High enough for Rockleigh Tous MCW and Enviro500 for RRL project replacement.
That shouldn't be a problem for other double deckers.
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby Craig » Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:01 pm

The Cap a tan wrote:Do Skybus use Dudley St and Footscray Rd to access Citylink?
If so what height is the rail overpass on Dudley St?
High enough to get a double decker under?


Inbound buses approach Southern Cross this way. The bridge has a 4.3m clearance, around the same height as the bus.

Buses leaving the City generally go up Spencer St and use the Dynon Rd on-ramp - this would be a workable alternative for inbound buses if the overpass is deemed a tight fit.

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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby Tim Williams » Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:46 am

Any sign of the announced Double Deckers as yet??
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby boronia » Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:44 am

Apollo wrote:
CityRail wrote:What chassis will SkyBus purchase? Enviro 500H?


Bustech was recently visiting Skybus with their demo decker. So that could be a hint i suppose.....

No doubt Skybus would investigate all the available options.

The CDi might be there for evaluation, but does not necessarily indicate a preference. Even TfNSW seems to be looking at alternatives.
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby Tim Williams » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:23 pm

Has anyone got information about when and if DD's are actually coming??
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby OLYMPIAN » Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:14 pm

Scania K320UD with Volgren Optimus body should be the only option until the volvo B9TL have successfully make the national whatever agency called to raise the GVW up for 3axle buses.

MAN A95 Lion City will be great if they really interested!
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby boronia » Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:30 pm

The report on the Hillsbus Optimus DD mentioned that it was "legal in Victoria, but not NSW".
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby OLYMPIAN » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:25 pm

boronia wrote:The report on the Hillsbus Optimus DD mentioned that it was "legal in Victoria, but not NSW".

Media always get things wrong
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby Daniel » Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:45 am

Tim Williams wrote:Has anyone got information about when and if DD's are actually coming??

Getting closer and closer to delivery now...
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby Tim Williams » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:33 am

I traveled on the service a couple of weeks ago (with my wife) and talking to drivers and other staff suggested that the DD's were about 4 weeks away (then). One comment made was that there were 4 "normal" length DD's coming + 2 longer ones??
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby Daniel » Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:57 am

At this stage, the four normal ones are at least a reality. The first one should be arriving ahead of the rest shortly.
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby OLYMPIAN » Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:12 pm

Could be something like this Photoshopped over a yeae ago?
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby Mitch » Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:17 pm

Craig wrote:
The Cap a tan wrote:Do Skybus use Dudley St and Footscray Rd to access Citylink?
If so what height is the rail overpass on Dudley St?
High enough to get a double decker under?


Inbound buses approach Southern Cross this way. The bridge has a 4.3m clearance, around the same height as the bus.

Buses leaving the City generally go up Spencer St and use the Dynon Rd on-ramp - this would be a workable alternative for inbound buses if the overpass is deemed a tight fit.

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It would be quicker to go via Dynon Road into the city as well, wouldn't it?

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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby simonl » Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:50 am

Any info on the fit out or the longer ones which are alleged?
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby Daniel » Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:00 am

What info? The longer ones don't physically exist.
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Re: Double Deckers for Skybus

Postby boronia » Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:51 am

OLYMPIAN wrote:
boronia wrote:The report on the Hillsbus Optimus DD mentioned that it was "legal in Victoria, but not NSW".

Media always get things wrong

So why is it running in melbourne and not in Sydney?
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