Yes to jumbo underframe
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THE HONG KONG Government has given its seal of approval to the Jumbo-sized Ailsa double-deck bus underframe subject to the bo. died buses passing UK tilt tests and initial inspections of the corn. pleted vehicles in Hong Kong.
China Motor Bus has ordered two of the three-axle 6 x 2 11.8m underframes, currently being manufactured at Volvo Buses Irvine plant before being bodied by Alexander.
Unlike other three-axle double-deck designs currently being produced for Hong Kong, the Ailsa has a steered non-: powered third axle which, Volv‘ claims will give the bus the man. oeuvrability of a standard-length bus.
To avoid the possibility of thE tail wandering at higher speeds the third axle will automatically lock at speeds of over 18mph.
Meanwhile the first Ailsa un derframe to be assembled in Ja• karta, Indonesia, has now beer completed at the Volvo Ismac factory in 12 working days.
LONDON'S TRANSPORT needF. are to be the subject of a Elm survey commissioned by the Greater London Council.
The survey will consist a 60,000 home interviews roadside interviews at 99 loca tions, and goods vehicle move ments.