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Re: Double Decker?

Subject: Re: Double Decker?
From: J Dicker
Date: Dec 08 2008 08:43:42

Found this on West Sussex site

Jerry Dicker

Just The Ticket! Tree Cutting Bus Set To Go Into Service
Date: Apr 16, 2008

Press Release Number: PR2113

Press Release

A unique new bus service is being launched by West Sussex County Council, but there will only be a driver and two passengers on the top deck.

The open-top doubler decker is currently being transformed as part of a greener way of keeping the county’s roads free of overhanging branches.

A tree surgeon using a saw will work from the top of the bus as it drives slowly along the road.

The tree lopping operative and an assistant will have a buzzer, which can be used to signal the driver to stop while branches are cut back.

A major advantage of the bus is that it will help keep traffic flowing in West Sussex, because it will be easy to overtake.

At present, cutting back overhanging branches often involves having to introduce traffic management such as ‘stop go’ boards or temporary traffic lights.

Because of the height of the bus, it will also help ensure that damage to conventional, passenger carrying buses from overhanging branches is much less likely.

The tree cutting bus will also help improve safety for operatives who in the past would have needed hoists or climbing equipment to reach high branches.

The bus, which has had all its seating stripped out and has upper deck safety railings, was the idea of Jonathan Ullmer, a County Council Maintenance Engineer.

Lieutenant Colonel Tex Pemberton, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “It’s a marvellously innovative way of tackling overhanging branches, and brings added safety to our roads.

“It is going to save a great deal of time and cost, as well as allowing this vital work to be carried out with the minimum of disruption to motorists.

“Bids for deployment of the bus by District and Parish Councils can be made by ringing the Highways Department on 01243 XXXXXX.”

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Subject: Re: Double Decker?


The West Sussex bus was purchased last year having previously hired one in
from one of the bus companies.  After a bit of modification, it came into
service this summer.  I havn't worked with it myself but have had a look
over it.  It's big & white with 'West Sussex Highways' plastered all over
it.  It had lots of local press attention at the time of it's launch, so
you may find some photos on line (haven't looked myself).  I remember it
made local TV news too.

It's (obviously) an open top vehicle, with a reinforced, raised platform
along the nearside edge, for about one third of the length, with railings
on both sides of the platform & anchor points along the length.

The practicalities of mounting a chipper down below are still being
reviewed - there are concerns about weight distibution, vehicle handling,
vibration, & lisencing issues I believe.

Current practice involves 2 operatives on the working platform, one
holding & one cutting.  Arisings are stacked in the well behing the
platform. Communication with the driver is via the original bell (ding
ding).  When full, the bus procedes to a pre-designated lay-by & the load
is offloaded - not sure whether manually or by ropes - to be chipped by a
waiting chipper.

I can put you in contact with the chap who ran the procurement project if
you like.  He can give you more detailed info than I can & probably photos
as well.


Graham Mundie
West Sussex Highways

Graham Mundie | Arboriculturist, West Sussex Highways, West Sussex County
Location: West Sussex County Council, Southern Area Office, Clapham
Common, Clapham, Worthing, West Sussex. BN13 3UR
Internal: 78543 | External: 01242 XXXXXX | E-mail:

P Save the environment - think before you print.

"Weaver, Martin" <>
05/12/2008 15:56
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Double Decker?

Dear UKTC'ers

Does anyone out there have a photo or information about using a converted
open top double decker for tree works.  I'm sure some where in the deepest
darkest memories having a conversation with someone about this (maybe
somewhere in London) and any info out there would be much appreciated.

If you prefer to contact me off forum details below!

Thanks in advance

Martin Weaver
Arboricultural Officer
Teignbridge District Council
Devon County Council - Area South Highways
Forde Road Offices
Forde Road
Newton Abbot
TQ12 4AD

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