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 Australian Bustech CDi - September-November 2013
 
In 2012 it was announced that double-deck buses were to return to Sydney as part of a government trial to free road space across the city.
The first bus was unveiled by the Australian Transport Minister on 23 August,  and entered service on routes between Blacktown and the north-west suburbs.
This was to be followed by seven more vehicles in 2013 in a trial to run until 2014.

   
The buses are built by the Australian company Bustech and are believed to be 12.5 metres in length with a carrying capacity of 110 passengers.

Whilst all buses carry the standard livery for Transport for New South Wales, they are operated by different companies. 
The first was delivered to Busways whilst Hillsbus received five buses, nos 6088-6092 and Forset Coachlines received two.
   
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Busways 1048 (registration no. 5140) - photograph courtesy and copyright of Tim Williams

   
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Hillsbus 6089
Hillsbus 6091
     
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Hillsbus 6089
    
 
Above photographs courtesy and copyright of Doug Coster

     
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Hillsbus 6089 Hillsbus 6089
     
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Forest 9642 Busways 1048
      
Above photographs courtesy and copyright of Barry Wong

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Spotted in Sydney on Monday 25th November 2013 was this Bustech CDi. It carries Translink livery (Brisbane and Gold coast contracted operator livery) and belongs to Surfside Buslines (a sister company of Bustech). This is the 11th CDi built and it was heading to Melbourne for demonstration, staying in Scania Sydney for overnight stops.
   
My thanks to Stephen Cho for the above information and photograph.

     
   
view of top deck from back
     
view of top deck in front of stairs - front seats are 'under' window ledge - you have to climb down into them !!!
   
view of top deck from front
   
view of back of lower deck from doorway
   
view of lower deck from back seat
   
   wheelchair area on left side between doors
   
view of lower deck from front doors
   
view of '1st class seat' behind driver and stairwell
   
front seat on door side with equipment bay behind
   
driver's area
   
dashboard
   
display on stairwell wall showing video of top deck and count of empty seats
   
All above photographs courtesy and copyright of Doug Coster
   

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