TRULY TESTING

RICHARD CRANMER, our insider at Isle of Man Transport, provides an insight into how Bus Vannin meets the challenges — planned and unexpected — of operating during the annual TT motorcycle races when the population swells by half and many public roads are closed for periods by accident and design

Newly delivered Volvo B5TL 183 (MMN 183U), with Wright Gemini 3 body, operating the TT3 service from the Creg Ny Baa last summer. It is passing the Cronk Ny Mona turn. This is where the TT course returns to the urban area of Douglas and the course is visible in the background.

When Bob Hind visited the Isle of Man on his British islands tours for an article published in 2015, he surmised that the road closures surrounding the annual TT Festival of motorcycle races would provide a ‘strategic nightmare’ for Bus Vannin.

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