Bendy buses could become a common sight in Brighton and Hove just three years after they were ruled out by the council.
Yesterday Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company carried out trial runs in the city and will today use the bus on the popular 25 university route.
But road safety campaigners and cycle groups in London - where the buses were heavily used - claimed the vehicles caused more accidents than double-decker and single deck buses.
Roger French, managing director of Brighton and Hove Buses, said: “We are evaluating it to see if we can run it on the 25 routes from Brighton to Falmer.
“We have had an enormous uplift in the number of students travelling by bus this term.
“At peak times capacity is tight for them and so we are looking at larger capacity buses.”
A double-decker bus can usually carry 90 passengers, both sitting and standing whereas bendy buses can take up to 140 passengers.
The council’s Tory transport chief Geoffrey Theobald said: “This is a bus company initiative and we will watch the trial with interest.
However, we do have reservations about the suitability of bendy buses on some of our narrower routes and tight bends.”
Adam Pride, secretary of Brighton cycle group Bricycles, gave the buses a cautious welcome.
He said: “In terms of reducing car use it’s a great idea, although in London they haven’t been very popular and have been quite a danger to cyclists.”
*To see how Brighton coped with the bendy bus see our centre page spread tomorrow.