SA double decker starts

Services to and from Adelaide airport commenced this week with the new double decker JetExpress

SA double decker starts
The new JetExpress double decker

Travellers can now jump on board a double-decker bus for the first time in more than 50 years, as JetExpress services started in South Australia this week.

Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan says the JetExpress service provides a novel experience and a comfortable and convenient way to travel between the airport and city centre, for the cost of a normal metro ticket fare.

"The new service will operate in addition to the current JetBus services which link Adelaide Airport to Glenelg, West Beach and the city," he says.

Travelling to and from the airport between 5am and 10am, and 4pm and 9pm on weekdays, the fully air-conditioned bus can accommodate 92 passengers providing a far greater capacity that standard 47 and 67 seat buses.

On board the bus there are two designated wheelchair spaces as well as a luggage holding area on the lower level.

A screen upstairs provides camera vision to the luggage rack downstairs allowing passengers upstairs to keep an eye on their luggage.

"The JetExpress will operate hourly and take approximately 25 minutes, providing 10 trips in the morning period and 10 in the evening," says Mullighan.

"It will pick-up and drop off passengers on Grote Street adjacent the Central Market and Victoria Square, and proceed via Pulteney Street and North Terrace to cater for the major hotels within the CBD."

The service will be trialled for six months before a full evaluation determines the ongoing viability of the service.

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