A high speed ‘Superbus’ capable of travelling faster than a Pendolino train was presented in Dubai this week. The Dutch-built prototype vehicle was viewed by thousands of public transport professionals on the opening day of the 2011 UITP World Congress and Exhibition, which is organised by the international association of public transport.

At 15 metres long and 2.5 metres wide, Superbus has similar dimensions to a conventional bus, but its height is an aerodynamic 1.7 metres. There is no central aisle so access is via eight doors on each side of the vehicle.

Its creators, Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, say that the concept is safe, flexible and sustainble. They claim that the battery-powered vehicle could reach speeds of 156mph on dedicated ‘super tracks’ made of relatively cheap concrete.

Superbus was just one of the innovations in public transport on show in Dubai this week. Manufacturers Siemens and Bombardier used the event to showcase electric bus technology.