3edford midi reviva
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DFORD is considering retiching its JJL rnidibus, t displayed at the 1978 )tor Show but which never ched production.
Vith deregulation creating portunities for smaller ..rators and smaller vehicles, JJL could find a new niche the market.
Fhe four original .111_ proto
■ es were sold to Maidstone rough Council and have re recently been used on ian services in Brighton I Bournemouth.
fhe JJL, which was deoped in conjunction with trshalls of Cambridge, is a ni-integral 7.5m-long bus ;igned to carry up to 37 ssengers, 10 of them nding.
?rototypes were powered a transverse Bedford 330 ;ine (now superseded by the Red Series) at the rear.
That was coupled to a fourspeed Allison fully-automatic transmission linked by Morse chain transfer box and a short drive shaft to a spiral bevel angle-box and the drive axle.
The JJL weighs around 4.8 tonnes and should prove lighter and more economical than any of its competitors.
It is understood that before any decision to introduce the JJL is taken Bedford would have to be sure of getting a minimum number — thought to be 100 — of sales per year to make the project viable,