Arnhem [NL] - 31 New Trolleybuses by Spring 2017
J. Lehmann - 24.07.12
After lengthy negotiations the decision has been made on the award of the contract for 31 new articulated trolleybuses: Hess will manufacture the vehicles with Vossloh-Kiepe electrical equipment. The Swisstrolley 4 vehicles will equipped with air conditioning and electric ramps for wheelchair access. The delivery schedule is expected to be 11 vehicles by June 2013; a further 5 by October 2015; five by October 2016 and the last ten in spring 2017.
The acquisition of 31 new trolleybuses came about because the new operator BRENG (a product name of the transport operator Connexxion) has a ten year concession for bus services in Arnhem and Nijmegen, which, inter alia, stipulates that only trolleybuses under 15 years old may be operated.
In 2013 trolleybuses 5201-5211 (built in 1998) will be replaced, while by 2016/17 trolleybuses 5212-31 built in 2001-2002 will be replaced and offered for sale. All these vehicles originate from Van Hool and Berkhof. Moreover the last two standard trolleybuses 5177 and 5180 will be taken out of service by December 2012 at the latest – 5177 has been idle since April because of a fault. The Hess/Vossloh-Kiepe Swisstrolley 3 trolleybuses 5234-5242 built in 2009 will remain in service beyond 2017 and will be updated to match the new series, with the installation of air conditioning and electric ramps for wheelchair access.
The conurbation authority, Stadsregio Arnhem Nijmegen, and Arnhem Council have decided that trolleybuses will serve Huissen, provisionally from May 2013. The route goes via Oude Huissenseweg, Nielant and Stadswal to Loovelden, where there is a new residential quarter. It will be served by route 3.
Route 1 will again serve Velp from 9th December 2012. At the same time the section to Alteveer and 't Cranevelt will be altered and route 3 will pass the Openlucht Museum on a new section and will only have a terminus at Burgers' Zoo. In the rush hours the service to Huissen will be every 15 minutes and at other times every 30. On working days the service between 9 am and 3 pm will then run alternately to Het Duifje or Huissen
From 7th July to 13th July Route 7 in Geitenkamp operated on a diversion via Dr. Schaepmanlaan, Beukenlaan and Roerdomplaan. This temporary 500m long terminal loop was equipped with overhead. The original terminus on Sperwerstraat has again been in use since the end of the construction works.
Since 26th May 2012 route 5 in Presikhaaf has resumed operating via Lange Wal, which has been completely renewed with a concrete surface rather than the previous tarmac. The overhead on the 700m detour via IJssellaan was removed at the end of June.
From October the situation at the main station will be completely altered by the start of construction of the new station building. The majority of bus stops will be moved to Utrechtsestraat and the direction of entry into the bus station will be reversed. After completion of work at the station, the city bus routes will get their own bus station, while the existing bus station will be for inter urban bus routes.
Translation: Martin Wright
Above: Berkhof articulated trolleybus 5221 on Lange Wal in Presikhaaf on 26.05.2012, the first day of service after cessation of the diversion.
Below: On 11.03.2012 SwissTrolley 5236 in service on route 7 turns on Roerdomplaan in temporary turning circle.
Photographer: Paul van Onzen
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