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Seoul will launch a water bus service on the Han River next year


SEOUL, June 23 (IANS) The Seoul city government on Friday unveiled a scheme for water bus service along the Han River, inviting aspiring operators to submit a bid by July 14.

The city government said it aims to launch commercial water bus service on a route between the Gimpo Grand Bridge, just west of the capital, and the Jamsil Grand Bridge in Seoul in the second half of next year after selecting a preferred bidder by July 21. , reported Yonhap news agency.

The city government said the operator will be required to secure at least six water buses within one year of the work agreement and more than 10 water buses within two years, adding that each bus must be able to carry at least 150 passengers, 20 bicycles and travel at 20 speeds. one or more nodes.

The Seoul government embarked on the water bus project after Mayor Oh Se-hoon rode London’s Riverbus on the River Thames during his visit to Britain in March.

The London River Bus is a passenger boat service connecting major riverside points, offered as part of the passenger, tourist and commuter services along the river.

The Seoul government said it plans to develop the water bus service into a combination of a city landmark, tourism product and water transportation complementary to land public transportation.

The government said it would find solutions to potential limitations to the service, such as the inaccessibility of docks and economic viability.

– Jans


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